Community Achievement Award

The Community Achievement Award recognizes a SIG, professional or student chapter’s outstanding accomplishments in achieving the Society’s goals through a wide range of programs and activities. The Community Achievement Awards are presented at STC Summit the year after the award was earned. The award reflects the year the award is presented, e.g. the 2019 award is for work completed in 2018.

2019 Awards for the 2018 Calendar Year

Community of the Year

For a remarkable year containing excellent programs, outreach across communities, and your stellar Spectrum conference. STC Rochester exemplifies a successful, dynamic STC community that embraces education, communication, and collaboration.

Most Improved Community

Central New York

For your tenacious perseverance and dedication to growing your chapter. The STC Central New York Chapter demonstrates how the passion of its leaders can create a thriving community using new resources to reach out to new potential members.

Platinum Community Award


For developing excellent and creative membership promotion, forging partnerships with professional organizations, offering a breadth of quality programs, and multi-channel communication with chapter members.


For your ongoing development of volunteers and leaders, and your virtual programming and outreach.

Philadelphia Metro

For thinking “out of the box” on unique ways to value members and re-think your 2019 conference location for increased attendance and volunteers.


For your continued excellence in programs, outreach, and the annual Spectrum conference.

San Diego

For strength in mentoring programs, and outreach to members though virtual and real-world educational opportunities.

Southeastern Michigan

For providing formal and informal outreach and activities to members, and strength in student membership.

Texas Tech University Student Chapter

For strong membership growth and recognition; savvy social media strategy including YouTube; active leadership; and involvement in the local business, charitable, and STC communities.

Gold Community Award


For your innovative program ideas and use of new platforms to promote and share your chapter.


For your variety in chapter programming, revamped website and blog, and for partnering with local organizations to cross-promote and host your activities.

Central New York

For your fierce dedication to promoting STC and its value to the technical communicators in central New York state.

Silver Community Award


For strengthening relationships with the merged Austin chapter and with local organizations and students in the Houston area.

New England

For engaging with an external organization to recruit social media members, and for membership outreach to former chapter members to entice them to rejoin.    

Northeast Ohio

For strong leadership, faithful Society promotion, relationships with other communities, active member engagement in person through programs and online through social media, Slack channel, newsletter, and email, member recognition, and mentorship of students.

Puget Sound

For providing a variety of innovative programs inside and outside of your community in job growth and education.

Technical Editing SIG

For the many ways in which you enrich your members, reach outside of STC to further your mission, and the innovative thoughts your SIG put forth.

Bronze Community Award


For hosting multiple regional conference events, promoting STC India through social media and a newly developed App, and for increasing the visibility of technical communication throughout India.

Washington DC – Baltimore

For your competition, recurring social activities, dedication to students at GMU, and for partnering with other STC communities.



Community of the Year



Most Improved

Nomination process: Please consult the guidelines for the complete nomination process.

Who is eligible: Any STC Professional Chapter, Special Interest Group (SIG), or Student Chapter is eligible to apply for a community achievement award.

Due date for 2020 nominations: 27 January 2020

Community Executive Council will be notified of approval: After vote by STC Board of Directors, usually in March.

Awards Presented: At the Leadership Program at the STC Technical Communication Summit. Community of the Year award is presented at the Honors Reception.

Community Achievement Award Guidelines and Application for Calendar Year 2019:


2019 Calendar Year Applications are due 31 January 2020

Community Achievement Award Chair: Jackie Damrau

STC Staff Liaison: Elaine Gilliam

List of historical CAA winners