In order to receive this award, an educator must demonstrate extraordinary creativity in teaching, take exceptional measures to spark student interest in the transportation profession, provide unwavering encouragement for student endeavors, and show unequaled service to ITE.
Schultz was nominated for the award by a group of current and former students. In their nomination letter, the students stated:
“It is not what one says as an educator that counts as much as what one does as an educator. To be a distinguished educator one must not only teach correct principles but also demonstrate the application of correct principles. Dr. Grant G. Schultz exemplifies the traits of a distinguished educator who teaches and leads by example. He has left his mark on transportation engineering students at Brigham Young University (BYU) and helped prepare them to be successful and competent professionals. Dr. Schultz seeks to integrate the theoretical learning environment of a classroom with real-world applications and examples. Each of his courses is designed to give students hands-on experience in applying what they learn. He is a distinguished educator because he is an outstanding teacher, a selfless researcher, an exemplary mentor, an active participant in the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and someone who students look up to and respect.”
The Western District of ITE is comprised of the 13 western states, including Hawaii and Alaska. Schultz has been an active member of ITE since 1994 when he joined as a student at BYU. He has since served as student chapter president at Texas A&M University and currently serves as co-advisor and mentor to the BYU student chapter and as a member of the International ITE Transportation Education Council Executive Committee. Schultz regularly makes presentations at local and national ITE meetings in an effort to disseminate the results of his research to practicing professionals.