Elbert J Floyd Award Nominations now being accepted

Georgia Pinnecoose accepts the Elbert J. Floyd Education Award from Albert Floyd Jr. on June 13, 1989. The award is given to a deserving individual who is excelling in school or interested in furthering their education. This photo appeared in the June 23, 1989, edition of The Southern Ute Drum.
Photo Credit: SU Drum archive


Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Elbert J. Floyd Award. Eligibility requirements for recipients of the Elbert J. Floyd Award are:

  1. A member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe
  2. Deserving
  3. A student of any age, formally enrolled in an education program, at any level, or someone planning immediate enrollment in such a program
  4. Interested in continuing his or her education
  5. Interested in serving the Tribe and the community
  6. Approved by the Department of Education

An eligible recipient need not be living on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation at time of the nomination and but be available to return to the Tribe to receive the award in person.

Any teacher, Tribal member or other interested person may nominate and submit a letter of an eligible recipient for the Elbert J. Floyd Award to the Department of Education of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.

**Nomination must be submitted in writing to Ellen S. Baker at Southern Ute Education Department by **5:00 pm on Friday, May 12, 2023, and shall state the basis for the nomination. Or email the letter to for more information call 970-563-0235.

The selection of the recipient will be made by a committee of two members consisting of the Chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Vice-Chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.

This annual award is in memory of Elbert J. Floyd and is presented by Mr. Floyd’s children and grandchildren to a deserving Southern Ute student.

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