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Coskran Volunteer Award

The John Coskran Awards celebrate the spirit of volunteerism.

These annual awards honor and recognize volunteers throughout the school district who give of themselves to enhance our students’ educational experiences, and/or demonstrate the importance of citizenship to our children.

Individuals and groups involved in ISD 191 including parents, community members, students, and staff are all eligible to receive this award. Nominations may be submitted by any group or individual affected by the ISD 191 volunteer program. Persons may be nominated in more than one category and in more than one year.

NEWS: Nominations being accepted for 2017 John Coskran Volunteer Award

Criteria for determining award recipients are as follows:

  • EFFORT: What does or did the volunteer do? Briefly describe the project, event, or action. How much effort did the individual/group expend to perform their volunteer service? 
  • SCOPE: How did individual students or groups of students benefit from this volunteer service? How would you describe the service (as progressive, lasting, unusual, etc.) for the individual or group?
  • IMPACT on OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT: Did the district benefit directly from this help (such as tutoring, reading to younger students or ESL students, peer counseling, or represent the district on a school/city/county/state/national committee)? Or might the district’s reputation be enhanced because of the individual’s/group’s volunteer service?

Completed nomination forms are due by March of each year. Submit nominations to the Communications Office at the Administrative Services Center (ASC), 100 River Ridge Court, Burnsville, MN 55337.

A committee reviews nomination forms and makes a selection in early April. If you have questions about the awards, contact Ruth Dunn, district communications director, at 952-707-2020.


Award History
A long-time advocate for volunteerism, John Coskran served 34 years at Catholic Charities and retired as associate director in 1993. One of his most impressive accomplishments during his years there was to develop a volunteer services program. The program began in the mid-1960’s with fewer than a dozen volunteers and grew to more than 8500 by 1993: 

“Volunteers can do anything,” John explains. “If you accept and respect what they do, and treat them on a par, they will spring up and develop themselves –and they will recruit others.”

In 1979, John carried his passion for serving others and encouraging volunteerism to his work on the Burnsville/Eagan/Savage School Board. In 2001, the Board of Education recommended the creation of the John Coskran Volunteer Awards to honor John’s unending support of seeking ways to expand the volunteer program to benefit students within District 191.

Past John Coskran Award Winners

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