SDHSA Awards & Scholarships

2017 Award Winners
2017 Susan Smith - Holly Solem, Vermillion, SD
2017 Staff Scholarship - Katie Krieger, Sioux Falls, SD
& Amy Overby, Madison, SD 
2016 Award Winners
2016 Susan Smith - Dr. Gera Jacobs, Vermillion, SD
2016 Staff Scholarship - Samantha Kelly, Rapid City, SD

Applications/Nominations are due January 31st of each year 


NHSA Scholarships and Awards

To view scholarships and begin a nomination, you must  login to My NHSA.
             The National Head Start Association’s Scholarships & Awards Program is open to individual, program and affiliate members of NHSA in good standing. Each scholarship and award provides additional criteria to guide nominations. In many states and regions, NHSA Affiliates may build upon this program with additional scholarship and awards unique to their area. Nominees should review all appropriate guidelines and consult NHSA staff with any questions to ensure successful application. 

Donate to the NHSA Scholarship and Awards Fund


What Scholarships and Awards are available?

Edward Zigler Innovation Award

This Award reflects the innovation and determination of the person many consider to be the Father of Head Start. Since Head Start's inception in 1965, Dr. Zigler has played a central role in the ongoing development of our program design. This award is to celebrate those local programs who have partnered to create high impact services to children and families.


Sargent Shriver Excellence in Community Service Award

This award celebrates an individual's or organization's significant achievement through community service to Head Start and Early Head Start. The nominee for this award should have excelled in addressing issues of poverty, early education or community health.

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.

Scholarship winners will receive an award of $2,500 and a commemorative certificate.

(Nominee must be attending an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the US Department of Education.)


Aubrey Puckett Memorial Award

National Staff Award in memory of Aubrey Puckett – this award celebrates Head Start alumni (parent or child) now working for a Head Start or Early Head Start program who demonstrates their passion for serving through advocacy, career growth, or being involved in their program, community, or the state/national level to benefit Head Start families.


 If you have questions or concerns, please contact the South Dakota Head Start Association
    SDHSA Scholarships and Awards:   The Scholarships and Awards distributed by the South Dakota Head Start Association (SDHSA) are managed under the same rules, regulations and deadlines as the National Head Start Association.  The SDHSA Scholarships and Awards Committee is formed at the first SDHSA board meeting of the year and selects local winners who have demonstrated dedication and service to Head Start in South Dakota.  State winners are forwarded to the regional association for consideration.