Welcome to the official webpage of the Brock International Prize in Education

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What is the Brock Community Foundation?
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The Brock Family Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Tulsa Community Foundation. The sole purpose of the Foundation is the awarding of the Brock International Prize in Education and the establishment of the Brock Symposium on Excellence in Education. The directors of the Foundation are John A. Brock; D. Blake Atkins, attorney; and Thomas W. Wilkins, President of the Trust Company of Oklahoma. The Trust Company of Oklahoma manages the Foundation's funds. The John and Donnie Brock Foundation has endowed the Brock Family Community Foundation with $1,000,000 to ensure the continuation of the prize in perpetuity. Other foundations will be welcomed as participants in the symposium. The Prize, the cost of administration of the prize, and travel expenses for jury members and the laureate are provided by the Brock Family Community Foundation.
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For Whom is the Brock Prize Named?
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John A. and Donnie V. Brock are Oklahoma natives. Donnie is a former educator having taught elementary school in Oklahoma and Texas. John is Chairman of the Board of Medallion Petroleum, Inc. He served as an artillery officer in the Korean War, serves on several boards of directors, and is a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. They both are active in civic organization and are patrons of the arts.
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How is the Brock Prize Administered?
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The administration of the Prize is supervised by the Brock Prize Executive Committee, which includes executive officers and representatives from Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Tulsa, and the Brock Family Community Foundation. The Chair of the Executive Committee and administrator of the prize is Dr. Trent Gabert, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
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How is the Prize Recipient Determined?
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Each year, the recipient of the Brock International Prize in Education is determined by a jury of nine members. The jury is selected by the Brock Prize Executive Committee and approved by the presidents of Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Tulsa. Jurors include educators and champions of education, university officers, meritorious professors, business and government officials, and others committed to excellence in education. Each juror nominates one candidate and submits a brief statement on the accomplishment of that individual. During the deliberation process, each juror makes an oral presentation in support of their candidate. Discussion and elimination voting follows until the Brock Laureate for the following year is identified.
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What Makes this Prize Significant?
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Education is a topic of ever-growing concern in all areas of civilized society. It is a field that is carefully practiced, actively researched, and often undergoing transformation. Where once education was an indicator of a privileged few, today it has become imperative for entire nations. To be uneducated not only diminishes one's chances at success but places that individual at risk. Given an environment in which so much is at stake, it is important to recognize major innovations in education and adopt them into other education systems.