Employee Recognition Programs

Pathfinder, Career Service Excellence Awards, and the Janet Balanoff Catalyst for Excellence in Diversity and Excellence Award

Nominations are now open for 2023 until 4:30 pm on Wednesday, August 30, 2023! 

Now is the time to take a moment to reflect back on this past fiscal year (July 1, 2022-June 30,2023), and  recognize an outstanding Seminole State College employee(s) and/or department. Each year, College employees demonstrate their exceptional skill and dedication to our students, their peers and the communities we serve. 

The Pathfinder and Career Service Excellence awards program is one way to say thank you to all those who embody the College's Core values and go above and beyond the call of duty and gives us the opportunity to celebrate our achievements together virtually at our annual college-wide Convocation on September 26, 2023. 

The awards are funded by the Foundation for Seminole State College, and these funds are made possible by the generous donations of our faculty, staff, alumni and friends.

Share your  Raider pride by submitting a nomination and help us acknowledge our colleagues’ successes, strengths, and commitment to excellence. Go State...Go Far!

How to nominate an employee or department

  • Employees can nominate themselves or a fellow employee who they believe has demonstrated exemplary performance and models the College’s Core Values.
  • Click on the links under each award category to access the nomination form and to review eligibility and selection criteria.
  • Review the “eligible employee list” for each award to verify the employee meets the eligibility criteria. Please note that employees who have received an award within the past 5 years are not eligible.
  • Describe on the nomination form why you believe the employee deserves the award.  The examples you provide on the form assists the committee with the selection process.
  • Submit nomination forms to Human Resources

Award Nomination Forms

Congratulations to all our past Career Service Excellence Award recipients!

  • Individual Pathfinder Award
    • Up to three full-time Career Service, Professional Technical, Faculty and Administrative employees have the opportunity to each receive a $2,000 award.  
    • List of eligible employees

  • Department Pathfinder Award
    • One College department has the opportunity to receive a $2,000 award. The award may be spent on department equipment or a department activity based upon parameters determined by the Foundation for Seminole State College, which provides funding for this award.

Congratulations to all our past Pathfinder Award recipients!


The Selection Process

Nomination forms are reviewed by committees of employees who are randomly selected by Human Resources. Human Resources takes into consideration diverse representation from various areas of the College.  Members of the Selection Committee for the Career Service awards are selected from the list of Career Service employees eligible for the awards.  The Selection Committee members for the Pathfinder and Janet Balanoff Catalyst awards are selected from all full-time employees including Faculty, Professional, Technical, Career Service and Administrators who are eligible for the awards.

Service Recognition Luncheon

This is an annual event hosted by the Office of Human Resources to celebrate our employees for their years of dedication to the College.  Employees who have five years of service and beyond, in five-year increments, receive an invitation to attend the luncheon. 


Human Resources
Seminole State College
100 Weldon Boulevard
Sanford, FL 32773-6199
Phone: 407.708.2195
Fax: 407.708.2425