his award is presented annually in honor of Ruth Keeling to encourage the development of leadership in the United Education Profession. This award recognizes a new leader who is starting to "soar."
- Be an active member whose presence and contribution of time, energy, and wisdom within the past year has made a difference to the United Education Profession.
- The recipient should be an outstanding new leader who is starting to soar.
- Cannot be a current member of the Missouri NEA Board of Directors
Award: The recipient receives a full scholarship to the Missouri NEA Leadership Conference in the summer following the award recognition.