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.

The nominee must:

  • have a child enrolled in a Head Start/Early Head Start program
  • be a high school graduate, be pursuing a post-secondary education, and submit proof of acceptance or enrollment in an institution of higher learning
  • provide 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
  • provide a personal statement addressing the following:
    • Details about the nominee, the nominee's family, and their 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
    • Personal education and professional goals

Past Ron Herndon Head Start Parent Scholarship Recipients

  • 2021-22: Paris Hill, Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources
  • 2020-21: Sasha Reese, Episcopal Children's Services
  • 2019-20: Lara Urdenta, Orange County Head Start
  • 2018-19: Amy Hurley, Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources
  • 2017-18: Omome Ayemhenre, Lutheran Services

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.