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Scholarships and Awards
Recognizing excellence in Head Start staff, teachers, and parents

Who is eligible?

The National Head Start Association’s Scholarships and Awards Program is open to individual, program and affiliate members of NHSA in good standing.

About the process

Each scholarship and award provides additional criteria to guide nominations. Nominees should review all appropriate guidelines and consult NHSA staff (scholarship@nhsa.org) with any questions to ensure successful application. Self-nominations are permitted. Nominations deadline: January 6, 2017 Awards Announced in early Februar, 2017.

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What Scholarships and Awards are available?

 

Edward Zigler Innovation Award

Since Head Start's inception in 1965, Dr. Edward Zigler has played a central role in the ongoing development of our program design. This award is to celebrate those local programs who have partnered to create innovative and high impact services to children and families.

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Sargent Shriver Excellence in Community Service Award

This award celebrates an individual's or organization's significant achievement through innovative community service to Head Start and Early Head Start. The nominee for this award should have excelled in addressing issues of poverty, early education or community health.

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Ron Herndon Head Start Parent Scholarship

This scholarship honors Ron Herndon's tireless efforts championing Head Start parents. The Ron Herndon scholarship celebrates Head Start parents who, through their own efforts to mobilize other parents and community members, have affected real change in their Head Start programs and/or communities.

Scholarship winners will receive an award of $2,500 and a commemorative certificate.

(Nominee must be attending an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the US Department of Education.)

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Aubrey Puckett Memorial Award

National Staff Award in memory of Aubrey Puckett – this award celebrates a Head Start alum (parent or child) now working for a Head Start or Early Head Start program who demonstrates their passion for serving through advocacy, career growth, and being involved in their program, community, or the state/national level to benefit Head Start families.

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