NHS Outstanding Service Project Award Application

Application Deadline: November 1

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Application Procedures

The Outstanding Service Project awards program was created in 1994 to recognize NHS and NJHS chapters that make significant school or community service contributions at the local level. Applications are accepted between July 1–November 1. Five NHS and five NJHS projects will be recognized each spring.

o Chapters must have been affiliated with the national office during the previous school year and must have current affiliation with the national office to be considered.

o Chapters may submit only one application. Multiple projects will not be considered.

o Projects must have taken place during the previous school year (between August 1–June 30) and must be completed at the time of application. 

o Projects that have previously won an Outstanding Service Project award are not eligible for consideration.

Important: This award is not an individual student project award. This application should be submitted by the adviser on record, on behalf of the chapter. Only submit projects conducted by the chapter, and not individual student service projects. 

o Following the completion of this application, a description of the project must be uploaded to the NHS National Student Project Database.

Project Report and Abstract

Advisers: Select a member (or members) of your chapter to write the project report and abstract. Because the quality and clarity of the report will also be considered, please select strong student writers. Limit the report to the equivalent of four typed pages. Upload the project report and abstract as documents below. 

Please address the following aspects of the project in the report:

Goals: List the specific goal(s) of the project, including the impact or change the chapter hoped to see as a result of this project. 

Organization and implementation: Detail how the project was organized, including the development of the project and the duties of those involved, and highlight the involvement of NHS/NJHS members, nonmembers, and community members.

Evaluation: Describe how the project's impact. Were the goals met or exceeded? What are you most proud of, and how could others experience your same successes? What new understandings or experiences might members of your school or surrounding community have as a result of your project?

100-word abstract: The abstract for each winning project will be posted on the NHS and NJHS websites when the Outstanding Service Project recipients are announced. The abstract should be written in the third person. 

You will be asked to upload one high-resolution photograph to serve as a representative image of your project.

Note: It is the responsibility of each school to submit only those images for which local permission has been obtained for all recognizable individuals in the photo. In addition, please provide a caption in which all recognizable individuals are identified. All application materials, including photographs, become the property of NASSP.