Nominations now open for the 2021 Ken McCarter Award for Distinguished NBS Alumni!
These unique times have demonstrated remarkable resilience and perseverance, alongside unique contributions from NBS alumni across the board. We are excited to highlight those who have made meaningful impacts and contributions in their fields while inspiring others to do the same.
Know NBS alumni who fit this description? Submit a nomination for the Ken McCarter Award for Distinguished NBS Alumni.
As members of the NBS community, you know firsthand that the power of dance and the NBS experience reach across all sectors and disciplines—arts and culture, health and medicine, academia, and more.
This award celebrates the outstanding, globe-spanning accomplishments of NBS alumni. With your nomination, we will be able to highlight and celebrate one or two exceptional alumni in 2021.
The criteria that will be considered in the selection process include:
- Excellence: the nominee has demonstrated excellence in a chosen field of endeavour
- Inspiration: the nominee’s accomplishments will serve as a source of inspiration for current NBS students
- Public service: the nominee’s accomplishments have moved the world forward in a meaningful and distinctive way
- Impact of NBS Education: the nominee’s chosen career path was influenced by the education received at NBS
- Courage: the nominee has shown courage in following a particular path
In weighing these criteria, the committee may consider a nominee who has had a major impact in a short period of time or may look at the long term arc of a nominee’s career.
Submit your online nomination
Nominations will be accepted until January 29, 2021.
About the Ken McCarter Award
In 2017, a new award was created to honour distinguished NBS alumni, to be presented annually at the Professional Ballet Academic Grade 12 graduation ceremony.
The Ken McCarter Award is presented annually to NBS alumni who have demonstrated excellence in a chosen field of endeavour, have shown courage in following a particular path, serve as a source of inspiration for current NBS students, and have moved the world forward in a meaningful way. Nominations for this award are submitted by fellow NBS alumni to recognize their peers for their commitment and contribution to the betterment of their communities through professional activities.
The award is named for W. Kenneth McCarter, an NBS board director for 8 years. During that time, he held the positions of Vice-Chair and Chair of Nominating and Board Governance and also served on the Finance & Audit and Human Resources Committees. He was also the board representative at the 2016 Global Alumni Symposium. Sadly, Ken passed away in April, 2017 - this award has been created to honour his memory and his commitment to NBS.
In what turned out to be his final year, Ken was the guiding force behind an important initiative that will serve the school into the future: the establishment of the position of chancellor, which was announced at the June, 2017 graduation.
The board decided to establish the Ken McCarter Award for Distinguished NBS Alumni to honour Ken and connect his name to his abiding interest in the alumni of the School.
Ken attended the 2016 Global Alumni Symposium, after which he gave a compelling address to the Board stating that it, “should be proud of the extremely accomplished alumni of the School … Many have accomplished amazing things and they all have potential to play a role as terrific ambassadors for the School.”
With this in mind, the award in Ken’s name is designed to acknowledge the important contributions to public service made by NBS alumni through a broad range of professional activities.