The Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County was begun in 2006 with the hope of encouraging people to think more about peace as both a means and an end, and to recognize young people who work as peacemakers.

We started with one school (Herndon High School) and one sponsor (Herndon Friends Meeting) and gradually expanded from there. In 2013, for the first time, it was offered to every public high school in Fairfax County. Two private schools are also included. We currently have nineteen sponsoring organizations.

Peacemaking is vital in our world, and students active in the pursuit of peace should be encouraged in every way possible. The sponsors, family, and friends celebrate the accomplishments of the recipients at a public reception in early March. The award consists of a monetary gift for each recipient and for a peace-focused charity of his or her choice, and a framed certificate, generally presented at each participating school’s annual awards ceremony. Press releases are sent to school and area newspapers and online news providers.

  • 2019 reception
    2019 reception
    Ken Plum, Penny Gross, Karen Corbett Sanders, Kora Coker, Ilryong Moon, Ryan McElveen, Tamara Derenak Kaufax, Scott Brabrand
  • 2019 reception
    2019 reception
  • 2018 reception
    2018 reception
  • 2018
    Honored guests Gerry Connolly, Ken Plum, Sharon Bulova, Jane Strauss, Ilryong Moon, Ryan McElveen
  • 2017 Reception
    2017 Reception
  • Volunteers
  • 2016 Reception
    2016 Reception
  • Volunteers
  • 2015 Reception
    2015 Reception
  • Sharon Bulova and Pat Hynes presenting
    Sharon Bulova and Pat Hynes presenting
  • Our first reception
    Our first reception

Our Facebook page: “Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County”

Our Facebook group for recipients: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fairfaxstudentpeaceawards/

Our Instagram account: @fairfaxstudentpeaceawards