Scholarships and Awards

NHSA provides scholarship opportunities to make it possible for early childhood professionals to advance in their careers and professional development.

The quality of our nation's early childhood programs and system depends upon the caring, knowledgeable people who work with children and families everyday.

Sargent Shriver Excellence in Community Service Award

The Sargent Shriver Excellence in Community Service Award celebrates a significant individual organizational achievement in poverty alleviation, early education, or community health.

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Ron Herndon Head Start Parent Scholarship

This scholarship supports Head Start parents who, through their own efforts to mobilize other parents and community members, have affected real change in their programs and communities.

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Vanessa Rich Leadership Award

This award celebrates a new Head Start/Early Head Start director with three or less years of service.

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Edward Zigler Innovation Award

The Edward Zigler Innovation Award celebrates local programs who have partnered to create high impact services to children and families.

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Aubrey Puckett Memorial Award

This national staff award celebrates a Head Start alumna, alumnus, or parent now working for a Head Start or Early Head Start program.

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