American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)




The Awards and Recognition Committee is actively seeking jurors to review the 2017 awards, fellowships and scholarship submissions. We need FCS professionals willing to participate in the review process starting mid- January to February 2017. If you are interested, please complete the 2-page application form (click here) and send it to the chair of the Awards & Recognition Committee, E. Jane Steiner, at and copy Sara Tantillo at

Teacher of the Year Submissions 2017

The requirements for the National Teacher of the Year Award have changed! Please click on these two links to learn more about this year's requirements. Submissions will open within a few months!

Teacher of the Year Guidelines

Teacher of the Year Submission Checklist


The 2016 Awards, Fellowships, and Scholarships have been awarded! Learn about our winners here--and stay tuned for more information about the 2017 awards, to be posted soon!

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) was established by the American Home Economics Association (AHEA) Foundation in 1979 as a living tribute to members of AHEA (now AAFCS) to recognize superior achievements in family and consumer sciences, outstanding contributions to the family and consumer sciences profession, and sustained association leadership at both state and national levels. You can learn more about our “DSA’s” here:


Wondering how can you can honor our 2016 DSAs?

  • Plan now to attend the 107th Annual Conference & Expo in Bellevue, Washington, June 22-25, 2016, where each of these outstanding AAFCS members will be presented with the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) at the Pacesetter Event on Saturday, June 25th.
  • Submit a letter in honor of your colleague, friend, or mentor by May 25, 2016, for inclusion in the keepsake Book of Letters presented to each DSA recipient at the Annual Conference. Letters should be unfolded and mailed in an 8.5 x 11 envelope to "AAFCS DSA" at 400 N. Columbus St., Ste. 202, Alexandria, VA 22314, or emailed to with "DSA Letter" in the subject line. And, new for 2016, you're invited to share your congratulations via social media using the hashtag, #ExcellenceinFCS.
  • Your gift to the DSA Honorary Fund will have an immediate impact. Donors will be recognized in the Annual Honor Roll of Donors, and in the Book of Letters presented to each awardee at the Annual Conference; please donate by April 30, 2016, to ensure acknowledgement in printed materials. Use the return envelope enclosed in the next issue of the Journal, give online via MyAAFCS at, or call 800-424-8080 with your best gift, today.


If you have any questions, please call AAFCS at 800.424.8080, ext. 4606, or email We look forward to celebrating #ExcellenceinFCS in 2016!




The AAFCS National Teacher of the Year award was established in 1974 to recognize exemplary teachers who utilize cutting-edge methods, techniques and activities to provide stimulus and visibility to family and consumer sciences in elementary and secondary education. Learn more about this year's Teacher of the Year here!




Learn more about this year's winner of the Jewell L. Taylor National Undergraduate Scholarship here!



Learn more about this year's winners of Graduate Fellowships here!





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