2020 Patricia Cunningham Citizen-Scholar Award

From Head of School Malcolm Lester's presentation at the 2020 Virtual Farewell Assembly

The Cunningham Citizen Scholar Award is given to an NPS 5th grader every year. Typically this occurs at graduation so that Dr. Cunningham is able to personally present the award. This year, we are not able conduct an in-person graduation, so we decided to recognize the award at our Farewell Assembly. 

The Patricia Cunningham Citizen-Scholar Award was established by Dr. Woody Cunningham in honor of his first wife, the late Patricia Cunningham, the founding Head of NPS.  It was created one year after Mrs. Cunningham’s passing in 2007. Both Mrs. Cunningham and Dr. Cunningham were instrumental in founding NPS 51 years ago, and we continue to be indebted to them for that.  

The Cunningham Award is chosen by a vote of the full faculty and staff and goes to a rising 6th grader who has shown leadership and leadership potential, exemplified the NPS Core Values, been loyal to NPS and his or her class, and served others through compassion and humility. The award provides a scholarship to attend an area leadership program over the summer, a monetary stipend, and a grant to be applied towards tuition.  

I am pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2020 Patricia Cunningham Citizen Scholar Award is Stella DiIorio.

Patricia Cunningham with NPS students in 1969