Maryann Manning Special Service Award

The International Literacy Association (ILA) Maryann Manning Special Service Award is a nonmonetary award given annually to an individual who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment of exceptional and distinguished service to the field of literacy. ILA members apply or are nominated by peers for this award.


  • Opens week of November 15, 2020
  • Closes March 15, 2021
  • Applicants are notified of the results via email by the end of June 2021


  • Nominees must have current ILA membership.
  • Nominees must admirably serve the field of literacy in some specific capacity or capacities requiring special skills, knowledge, and creative effort.
  • Nominees must achieve results that demonstrate support for the field of literacy.
  • Nominees must be exceptionally generous and tirelessly giving of time and talents as a committee member or local/state/provincial/national chapter or affiliate officer.

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* Required Information


If you are nominating yourself, please fill out this section with your own information.


The following materials should be uploaded as individual documents. Failure to upload all items will result in your application being unsubmitted.

  • Rationale for Recommendation: Provide a description of and rationale for nominee's unusual and distinguished service to the field of literacy.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Provide nominee's educational background and career summary.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Provide a minimum of three letters of support citing exceptionally generous and tireless giving of time and talent at the local, state, provincial, national, and/or affiliate level of ILA.

To upload your files, please select Choose File to locate your document in your files and then select Open to attach to the form. Please note that PDFs are preferred.

If you are unable to upload files, please send documents via email to


Indicate whether you are the nominee or nominator *
If you indicated that you are the nominator, has the individual been notified that they have been nominated?
If you answered YES in the above question, does the nominee gives permission for the committee to contact people who have provided documentation should additional information be required?

Has the nominee/applicant been nominated for or applied for another ILA award this year? *


Use this checklist to be sure you have completed and submitted all sections of your application correctly before clicking on Submit. Review your submission carefully. You will not be able to update or edit your submission after you submit it. You will be informed if your application encountered any errors.

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