Nominations Being Accepted for USA Today’s All-USA College Academic First Team

The USA Today will select 20 students to be named to the All-USA College Academic First Team. They will be featured in a two-page color presentation in the nation’s newspaper in February 2008. Each will receive a trophy and a $2,500 cash award. Forty more students will be recognized in the newspaper as Second and Third Teams.

Beginning this year, students must register electronically and be screened for eligibility. They will be directed to a PDF of the nomination form on the Web. The completed nomination file must be mailed to USA Today by Nov. 30. Winning students will be notified in late January and be announced in USA Today in February.

To register, students should go to and use the All-USA drop-down menu to go to the four-year college program. Students must be full-time undergraduates of at least junior standing at a four-year institution in the United States or its territories. U.S. citizenship is not required.

The criteria are designed to find students who excel not only in scholarship but also in leadership roles on and off campus. A key element is the student’s essay describing his or her most outstanding undergraduate intellectual endeavor. Nominations include a nominator’s statement describing the merits of the student’s endeavor, transcripts and two other letters of recommendation.

Winners will be selected by a panel of educators, chosen in cooperation with co-sponsors: the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the American Council on Education (ACE).

More information about the program, including bios of former winners, FAQs for nominees and advice for nominators, is available at Call Carol Skalski at 703.854.5890 or e-mail with any questions. 
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