The Sargent Shriver Excellence in Community Service Award celebrates a significant organizational achievement in poverty alleviation, early education, or community health.
The nominee must:
- Be a Head Start or Early Head Start grant recipient who has made an innovative contribution of time and effort that has had a positive impact on children, families, and their communities. The recipient may or may not have a community partner.
- Provide two letters of reference from two organizational leaders who know the impact of the partnership first hand (Note: These two letters must come from leaders outside both the program and the community partner.)
- Submit a statement describing the following:
- key demographic information and history of the local community
- specific contribution(s), the approach, and the name(s) of key leaders of the effort
- outcomes or impact of the effort that are unique and/or go beyond Head Start's performance standards.
- Comply with all NHSA general rules and regulations as listed on the Scholarships & Awards homepage.
Past Sargent Shriver Excellence in Community Service Award Recipients
2021-22: Renee Sexton, Christian Appalachian Project and the LKLP Head Start Program
2020-21: Heart of Florida Health Center, Episcopal Children's Services
2019-20: Daria Nicole Stone, Leslie, Knott, Letcher, & Perry Head Start Program
2018-19: Ruth Rucker, Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center
2017-18: Tallahatchie River Foundation
2016-17: Ken Cloke and Joan Goldsmith, North Idaho College Head Start