SDHSA Awards & Scholarships

2016 Award Winners
2016 Susan Smith - Dr. Gera Jacobs, Vermillion, SD
2016 Staff Scholarship - Samantha Kelly, Rapid City, SD
 
 

 
Applications/Nominations are due January 31st of each year 

 

2016-17 Scholarships and Awards

To begin a nomination, please log into My NHSA.

             The National Head Start Association’s Scholarships & Awards Program is open to individual, program and affiliate members of NHSA in good standing. Each scholarship and award provides additional criteria to guide nominations. In many states and regions, NHSA Affiliates may build upon this program with additional scholarship and awards unique to their area. Nominees should review all appropriate guidelines and consult NHSA staff with any questions to ensure successful application. 

Donate to the NHSA Scholarship and Awards Fund

 

Calendar

Calendar

April 11 – May 31: local program submit nominations to NHSA
June 1 – June 30: State Affiliates review and make recommendations to NHSA
July 1 – July 31: Regional Affiliates review and make recommendations to NHSA
Early 2017: National panel of judges select winners
March 2017: Winners announced
May 2017: NHSA Scholarships and Awards Dinner and Ceremony at NHSA's Annual Head Start Conference

   

Guidance for a Successful Submission of Scholarship & Award Nominations:

As you prepare your staff and parents to submit applications for NHSA Scholarships and Awards, please read through these guidelines (PDF) and consider how they can be integrated with your local process. 

What Scholarships and Awards are available?

For 2016-2017 NHSA welcomes nominations from member programs in the following categories:

Administrator of the Year Award - Head Start Program Director

This award celebrates local program leaders providing direction to grantee or delegate, Head Start, Early Head Start, Tribal or Migrant Head Start Programs. Award winner will receive $500, 2017 conference pass and a commemorative plaque

View application details.

 

Support Staff of the Year Award

This award celebrates the important contribution of staff who work in administration, facilities, food service, transportation, health, and social services. Award winner will receive $500, 2017 conference pass and a commemorative plaque.

View application details.

 

Teacher of the Year Award

This award celebrates ALL those who are involved in the education component of our program, including classroom teachers, associate teachers, blended teachers/family service staff, home visitors, and instructional mentors. Award winner will receive $500, 2017 conference pass and a commemorative plaque.

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Head Start Parent of the Year

This award celebrates our most important partner, parents. Individuals nominated must have a child enrolled in the current year and have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills. Award winner will receive $500, a 2017 conference pass and a commemorative plaque. The first runner-up will receive $200 and a commemorative plaque. The second runner-up will receive $100 and a commemorative plaque.

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Beating the Odds Parent Award

This award celebrates the achievement of an individual who has overcome significant adversity in their role as parent and provider. Award winner will receive $500, 2017 conference pass, and a commemorative plaque. The first runner-up will receive $200 and a commemorative plaque. The second runner-up will receive $100 and a commemorative plaque.

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Edward Zigler Innovation Award

This Award reflects the innovation and determination of the person many consider to be the Father of Head Start. Since Head Start's inception in 1965, Dr. 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 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 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 Head Start alumni (parent or child) now working for a Head Start or Early Head Start program who demonstrates their passion for serving through advocacy, career growth, or being involved in their program, community, or the state/national level to benefit Head Start families.

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Helen Hollingshed Taylor Memorial Scholarships

These three scholarships target individuals who reflect the values of hard work, educational determination and leadership. Each scholarship includes an award of $2500.

Head Start Alumni, High School Senior

Scholarship winner will receive $2500 and a commemorative certificate.

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Head Start Parent, Post Secondary Education

Nominees must be attending an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the US Department of Education. Scholarship winner will receive $2500 and a commemorative certificate.

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Head Start Staff, Higher Education

Nominees must be attending an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the US Department of Education. Scholarship winner will receive $2500 and a commemorative certificate.

View application details.


 
                     

 If you have questions or concerns, please contact the South Dakota Head Start Association
    SDHSA Scholarships and Awards:   The Scholarships and Awards distributed by the South Dakota Head Start Association (SDHSA) are managed under the same rules, regulations and deadlines as the National Head Start Association.  The SDHSA Scholarships and Awards Committee is formed at the first SDHSA board meeting of the year and selects local winners who have demonstrated dedication and service to Head Start in South Dakota.  State winners are forwarded to the regional association for consideration.