Who Is Eligible?
About the Process
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.
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.
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.)
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.
Vanessa Rich Leadership Award
This award celebrates the memory of Vanessa Rich and is intended for a new Head Start/Early Head Start Director (3 years or less) who is carrying on Vanessa’s legacy of “Head Start doesn’t stop on the front porch, it comes all the way into the house."
IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
Applications are accepted from the local and state level and NHSA has the right to consult the state association regarding any application that is submitted.
Nominees should review all appropriate guidelines and consult NHSA staff (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions to ensure a successful application. Self-nominations are permitted.
Applications that do not meet the basic requirements (see application details for each award) will not be accepted for review.
Members of the Resource Development and Membership Services Committee (from the NHSA Board of Directors) review all applications.
Questions can be directed to email@example.com
NHSA’s Scholarship & Award Winners Recognized at the National Head Start Conference
Learn more about the Summit, taking place at the same time as this Academy in Indianapolis, IN.