The American Patriot of Character Award recognizes citizens of great character whose leadership and service exemplify the very best of our nation’s founding principles and ideals.
The Sanford N. McDonnell Award is named in honor of Sanford N. McDonnell, Chairman Emeritus of the McDonnell Douglas Corporation and Character.org. This award is Character.org’s highest honor.
Since 1998, Character.org has recognized schools for their outstanding character development of students through its prestigious Schools of Character program. With more and more schools achieving a level of excellence, Character.org changed the program from a competition to a school improvement process in 2010. The change allows Character.org to recognize all schools that meet the standard of excellence established by the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education.
Character.org recognizes annual Promising Practices by schools and districts in the United States and elsewhere that implement unique and specific strategies in character education.