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Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1990

Who’s Who Among Black Americans, 1992

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 1994

Pathfinder Award for Continued Support through Civic

Excellence and Social Activism

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Iota Chapter,


Plaque for Meritorious Community Service and

Excellence in Academic Leadership Delta Sigma Theta

Sorority, Inc.

Gamma Iota Chapter, 1998

Outstanding President Award, Mid-Atlantic Region

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 1998

Peninsula Women’s Forum, Outstanding Woman in

Government, 1999

Outstanding Public Service Award, Conference of

Minority Public Administrators, 2000

Martin Luther King Memorial Award, Old Dominion

University, 2001

Lawrence Bethel Woman of Courage Award, 100 Black

Men of America, 2001

Marguerite Adams Award for Political Action, Alpha

Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 2001

Distinguished Citizen of theYear, CHUMS, Inc., 2002

“Mayor of theYear,” Old Northampton Community

Organization, 2002

Humanitarian Award, National Conference for

Community and Justice, 2002

Citizen of theYear, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2003

Trailblazer Award, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, 2003

Distinguished Woman Award, Newport News/Hampton

Chapter, Continental Societies, Incorporated, 2006

Citizen of theYear, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, 2006

Spirit and Leadership Award, Alternatives, Inc., 2007

Senator of theYear, American Council of Engineering

Companies in Virginia, 2008

Legislator of theYear, Virginia Association of Roofing

Professionals, 2010

Diane Blair Award for Outstanding Achievement in

Politics and Government

Southern Political Science Association, 2010

Legislator of the Year, Virginia Education Association,


Legislator of theYear, Virginia Court Clerks’ Association,


Trailblazer Award, Virginia Leadership Institute, 2011