The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County

Candace C.W. Antwine Military Service Award

  • Candace Antwine Service Award

    What is the Candace C.W. Antwine Military Service Award and Why Should I Apply?

    The Candace C.W. Antwine Military Service Award was established in 2021 to honor the military and civic service of Ms. Antwine, a Navy veteran and former member of the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County.  Ms. Antwine was a committed and passionate voice for military families and children in need throughout Anne Arundel County. She served the nation in active duty, reserve, and civil servant capacities, and was a member of the Board of Education from 2018 until her death in 2021.

    The award is given each May to AACPS students who have made a similar commitment by enlisting to serve in the United States military upon graduation. It assists awardees with initial expenses related to enlisting, including basic training supplies, and aims to remove financial barriers to military service. 

    Click here for information in the inaugural Candace C.W. Antwine Awards Reception

    Who was Candace C.W. Antwine?

    A U.S. Navy veteran, Ms. Antwine was elected in November 2018 to a six-year term representing District 1 on the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County. She took her oath of office on December 3, 2018. Ms. Antwine was a committed voice for children in need and for military families throughout Anne Arundel County. She also concentrated her efforts on eradicating bullying and racial tension in schools and expanding specialized accommodations to assist students with disabilities. Ms. Antwine tirelessly advocated for students, veterans, and animals through various nonprofits, such as the Meade High School PTSA and the Maryland State Boys Choir, as well as faith-based organizations.

    Ms. Antwine served our country in active duty, reserve, and civil servant capacities, including positions with the National Security Agency via the Naval Security Group, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security. She held a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting from the Mississippi University for Women and a master’s degree in Acquisition and Procurement from Webster University. She also completed graduate work in Communication, Leadership and Organizational Change at Hawaii Pacific University.

Apply for this Award

  • Please provide the following:

    1. Proof of Enlistment in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard (may be sent after application is submitted but must be received by May 15 of application year).

    2. CV/Resume (you may use your resume from Naviance) which outlines your achievements/accolades, sports, extra-curricular activities, community service, etc.

      pdfCharacter Reference - (fillable pdf) - Can be any trusted adult including teacher, counselor, coach, job supervisor, clergy, etc. who is not a relative. 

    3. pdfCompleted Application - (fillable pdf) with the following open-ended essay question (no more than 300 words) - Why are you enlisting to serve our country in the military?

    NOTE:  Please name the files that you submit using the following file names:

    - YourName_application
    - YourName_resume
    - YourName_enlistment

    This application is also available through Naviance.

Submitting your Application

  • DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTAL
    March 31, 2023 @ 11:59 pm

    Submit all materials listed on the left by e-mail to:

    boardoffice@aacps.org 
    with the subject:
    “Candace C.W. Antwine Military Service Award”

    or by mail to:

    Diane Howell
    Attn: Candace C.W. Antwine Military Service Award
    Board of Education of Anne Arundel County
    2644 Riva Rd
    Annapolis, MD 21401

Finalist Interviews

  • Finalists will be interviewed by the Service Award Review Panel. This interview may be conducted either virtually or in-person.

    A Note to All Awardees

    Awardees must report back to the Board the April after the award is given by attending the annual Candace C.W. Antwine Military Service Awards Ceremony or by submitting a video message detailing the highlights of your first year of service in the military and how this award benefited you.