The Sargent Shriver Excellence in Community Service Award celebrates a significant individual organizational achievement in poverty alleviation, early education, or community health.
The nominee must:
- Be an individual or organization that made an innovative contribution of time and effort that has had a positive impact upon children, families, and/or communities.
- Provide two letters of reference from two organizational leaders who know the impact of the service to the community.
- Submit response to the following:
- A statement describing key demographic information and history of the local community
- A brief description of the specific contribution(s) being nominated, the approach and name(s) of key leaders of the effort.
- A brief description of the outcomes or impact of the effort on vulnerable children and families that are unique and/or go beyond Head Start's performance standards.
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
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.