About the NCEA Elizabeth Ann Seton Award

The NCEA Seton Award is named after Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in recognition of her lifelong dedication to teaching. This award is presented annually to exemplary individuals whose support and service impacts Catholic education and the well-being of our nation’s youth. Seton honorees have a scholarship presented in their honor to a deserving Catholic school student in the local community.

NCEA Seton Gala

Seton honorees are recognized at the NCEA Seton Gala, which raises funds to support NCEA’s research, leadership development, and advocacy programs that support Catholic school educators and students.


Monday, October 2, 2017
Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St. NW
Washington, DC

 Program: 6 PM  Reception
7 PM  Awards Dinner


Hotel Reservations

A block of rooms at the Omni Shoreham has been set aside at a special rate for attendees of the Gala.  Reservations may be made online at the group page or by calling (800) THE - OMNI and referencing the NCEA Seton Awards Gala.  Please note that the group rate will only be available until September 7, 2017 or until the block is full, whichever occurs first. 

NCEA is excited to take part in the Omni Hotels' program 'Say Goodnight to Hunger.'  For each hotel reservation that you make through the above group page link, the Omni Shoreham will make a donation to Feeding America, an organization that provides dinner for a family of four in need.  Find out more about the program here

2017 Seton Honorees

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis 

Dennis J. Smith (Posthumous)
Catholic Philanthropist, Manteno, IL

Rita and Lamar Hunt, Jr.

Founder, Loretto Companies
Kansas City, KS & Kansas City, MO

Joseph E. Weston

President, Weston Investment Company
Portland, OR

Seton Scholars

Named after Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in recognition of her lifelong dedication to teaching, Seton honorees are able to select a deserving Catholic school student, in their local community, to be presented with a scholarship in their honor. Today, NCEA Seton Scholars represent more than 2 million students attending Catholic elementary and secondary schools nationwide. The scholarships they receive are named in honor of the Seton honorees. 2017 Seton Scholars will be announced as the Gala draws nearer.  

NCEA Seton President's Award

The NCEA Seton President's Award is also bestowed during the annual Seton celebration, honoring outstanding individuals whose professional dedication to Catholic education has enhanced the well-being of our nation's youth and U.S. Catholic schools in particular.
This year NCEA is pleased to present the Seton President's Award to: 

Sr. Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, J.D. PH.D. 
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

2016 Seton Honoree Videos

Check back after the 2017 Seton Awards Gala to view the videos from this year's honorees.



Contact Information

Matt Russell
Director of Advancement
(571) 451-2877

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