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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.

(Nominee must be attending an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the US Department of Education) Scholarship winners will receive an award of $2,500 and a commemorative certificate. Funds may be applied to the documented cost of tuition or books. 

Award-specific criteria:

  • The nominee must have a child enrolled in a Head Start/Early Head Start program for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • The nominee must be a High School graduate, be pursuing a post-secondary education and submit proof of acceptance or enrollment in an institution of higher learning and will be attending for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Two letters of reference from two people who know the nominee as a student, and as a parent in the Head Start/Early Head Start program. (Uploaded to application).
  • The nominee must provide a personal statement addressing the following, in its entirety (no more than 500 words in length):
    • Details about the nominee, the nominee's family, and connection to Head Start/Early Head Start. 
    • Activities and mobilizing efforts contributed by the nominee that affected change in their local Head Start program or community. Describe what “real change” was affected by their contribution. 
    • Personal education and professional goals

NHSA general rules and regulations

  • Applicant must be associated with a program that is a current member of NHSA
  • An individual may not be nominated for more than one scholarship or award per year.
  • Local member programs may not nominate more than one person or program.
  • Applications must be submitted on-line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Individuals selected for an award or scholarship must be able to provide a Social Security number and other required information to redeem cash awards.
  • Applicant must be willing to allow NHSA to publicize their nomination through a variety of media channels including publications, social media, and websites.
  • Nominees will be contacted primarily by e-mail.
  • NHSA Scholarship and Award winners serve as models and ambassadors for the Head Start Community. During their year, winners will be encouraged to share successful strategies with others during NHSA conferences, institutes and gatherings.
  • NHSA board members, staff, and family members are ineligible.