This national staff award in memory of Aubrey Puckett celebrates a Head Start alumna, alumnus, or parent now working for a Head Start or Early Head Start program who demonstrates their passion for serving through advocacy, career growth, and being actively involved in their program, community, or at the state or national level.
The nominee must:
- Have been enrolled in a Head Start or Early Head Start program as a child or parent for one or more years.
- Have been a Head Start program employee for at least three years.
- Provide a letter of reference from two people who know the nominee in their current role.
- Provide a personal statement addressing the following:
- Key details about the nominee and the nominee's family and connection to Head Start as a Head Start child or parent.
- Provide the length of service in a Head Start program, including year started, positions held.
- Describe activities and efforts the nominee has made that demonstrate passion for serving through advocacy career growth, and being involved in Head Start, the community, or at the state/national level to benefit Head Start families
Past Aubrey Puckett Memorial Award Recipients
- 2021-22: Natalie Hankins, Institute of Community Services, Holly Springs, MS
- 2020-21: Sherry Day, LEADS, Inc.
- 2019-20: Trecia Nickerson, Alger Marquette Community Action Board
- 2018-19: Dorothy Frederick, Community Partnership for Child Development
- 2017-18: Ammie Joyce, Head Start Child and Family Development Program
- 2016-17: Adella Arredondo, Denver Great Kids Head Start
NHSA General Rules and Regulations
NHSA Scholarship and Award recipients serve as models and ambassadors for the Head Start community. Recipients will be encouraged to share successful strategies with others during NHSA conferences, institutes, and gatherings.
- 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 online and incomplete applications will not be considered; nominees will be contacted primarily by e-mail.
- Individuals selected for an award or scholarship must be able to provide required information to redeem cash awards.
- Applicant must be willing to allow NHSA to publicize their nomination.
- NHSA board members, staff, and family members are ineligible.