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Honors of NSSLHA



The Honors of NSSLHA is the highest award bestowed by the association. It is presented to the organization or individual who, through his or her work with students, has made significant contributions to both NSSLHA and to the discipline of human communication sciences and disorders.


The recipient of the Honors of NSSLHA award receives

  • a trophy of honor awarded at the ASHA Awards Ceremony during the ASHA Convention,
  • recognition at the NSSLHA Honors Ceremony,
  • recognition in The ASHA Leader and in NSSLHA Convention publications.

Eligibility Requirement

An individual or organization may be nominated for the Honors of NSSLHA if one or both of the criteria below is met:

  • The candidate has made a significant, prolonged, and measurable* contribution to a local chapter, a CSD program, the national organization, and/or CSD students overall.
  • The candidate has provided consistent and prolonged service to students in an academic or pre-professional environment.

*Measurable means that there is evidence that will support that the candidate has had an impact on students and/or the professions.

Candidates who have received an award within the last 5 years are ineligible for consideration.

This award is not intended to recognize chapter advisors or local members. A current chapter advisor should be nominated for Chapter Advisor Honors. A current member should be nominated for Member Honors.

Nominating Procedures

Nominations for the Honors of NSSLHA may be received from

  • a current or past member of NSSLHA Executive Council,
  • a chapter or co-advisor or a local officer from a NSSLHA chapter in good standing,
  • a past recipient of NSSLHA or ASHA Honors,
  • other interested individuals—
    • a representative from the State Association,
    • a current ASHA Executive Board or ASHA Committee member.
  • Nominations will be accepted until March 1.
  • Nominations require three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be e-mailed to before March 1; please reference the nominee's name in the subject line.
    • At least two letters must be from past or present students.
    • One letter must be from another source (including but not limited to letters from colleagues, letters from service organizations with which the candidate is involved).


The National Office will notify the candidate and the individual who nominated the candidate of a decision in May.

View past recipients of the Honors of NSSLHA.