Mr. Tollette received the Michael Stratton Outstanding Practitioner’s Award from the International Association of Experiential Education in 1991 and was selected to present the Kurt Hahn Address at the international conference in 2004. In 2008 Mr. Tollette received the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr., Commission Drum Majors Award and in the previous year, he received the Just Communities of Central Arkansas (JCCA) Father Joseph Biltz Award.

He was also the recipient of the Human and Civil Rights Citizen Award from the Arkansas Education Association, the Liberty Bell award from the Arkansas Bar Association, the Leadership award from FBI director William Sessions, and was a finalist in the Arkansas Business Award for Executive Director of a Nonprofit Organization.

Sanford has served on many coalitions and committees, and is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Downtown Kiwanis Club of Little Rock, the American Camp Association, and the Association of Experiential Education. Currently, Mr. Tollette serves on the Child Welfare Agency Licensing Review Board of the Arkansas Department of Human Services and on the Central High Museum Board.