CAACE Scholarship Award Program

The CAACE Scholarship Fund has been established to recognize excellence in adult education students, teachers, administrators and support staff.  At the annual CAACE Conference recipients of the CAACE Scholarship Awards are invited to attend the awards luncheon and are honored by colleagues, friends and family.

Each year, deserving students will receive a $500 cash award for outstanding performance as an Adult Education Student. Please see this year’s Adult Education award winners

2019 CAACE Award Winners

CAACE would like to honor the incredible contributions of Jim Harrison to the Adult Education community.


Jim Harrison Memorial Scholarship

Jim was a passionate educator and a nationally recognized expert in adult education and literacy, Born in Montgomery, AL, Jim enlisted in the US Army after his freshman year at the University of Alabama and was selected to train in the Russian language at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. He was then stationed in Berlin, where he worked as a Russian linguist in the Army Security Agency during the Cold War. Following his military service, in 1968, Jim moved to Connecticut, where he finished his college studies and obtained a master's degree in Education Administration from the University of Connecticut. His early years in education were spent as a teacher and director of Adult Education. In 1983, Jim joined the CT Department of Education where he spent 20 years leading the development of policies and programs to improve Connecticut's education services to adults. His contributions in the areas of standards-based education, public transparency, and program accountability continue to shape Connecticut's adult education landscape.

In 2003, Jim retired from the Department and took a position with the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) where he served as a policy analyst in the areas of state and national policy development, coordinated a national content standards project, and established a Curriculum and Training Leadership Institute in Singapore. He also served as the project director for the revision of the National External Diploma Program and retired a second time from CASAS in 2014. For the last 13 years of his life, Jim also served as a coach for three adult education systems, consulting on projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education. 

Jim was an avid art collector, opera patron, world traveler, and excellent cook. He was a thoughtful, generous person and a caring and engaging friend with a delightful sense of humor.

It is through generous support of individuals such as yourself that we are able to continue to reward excellence in Adult Education. Please consider a tax-exempt donation today!

Donate Today!

If you prefer, please send a check to:

CAACE Scholarship Award Program, PO Box 477, Unionville, CT 06085

If you wish to have your donation earmarked towards the Jim Harrison Memorial Scholarship, please be sure to write his name in the memo section of your check.

Thank you for your generous support of our CAACE Scholarship Award Program!