NSSLHA Member Honors

NSSLHA Member Honors recognizes outstanding national NSSLHA Members who support NSSLHA's mission to inspire, empower, and support students in the field of communication sciences and disorders to engage in leadership, professional growth, and excel in their future careers.

Beginning with the 2016–2017 academic year, the NSSLHA Executive Council will award:

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates may be nominated or self-nominated. To be nominated for the one of the Member Honors Awards, the student must:

  • be a national NSSLHA Member
  • be a member of their local NSSLHA chapter
  • not be or have been a member of the national NSSLHA Executive Council or Regional Council

NSSLHA Excellence Award

The Excellence Award honors graduate students who exemplify NSSLHA's core values of philanthropy, community service, career awareness, advocacy, and leadership. Two awards will be given; one each for an audiology and speech-language pathology graduate student.

Nominating Procedures

  • Submit an online nomination form from March 15 to May 1.
  • Include two letters of recommendation of up to 800 words each (e.g., from the student's chapter advisor), to include:
    • A description of how the nominee deserves to be recognized for his or her contributions to both the chapter and national NSSLHA
    • Examples of how the nominee demonstrates NSSLHA's core values of philanthropy, community service, career awareness, advocacy, and leadership
    • A list of chapter-level positions the nominee holds and/or has held, and accomplishments associated with each position
    • Examples of how this nominee has inspired others within the chapter

Who May Nominate

  • The student (self-nominations are acceptable)
  • Officer, advisor, or a co-advisor from a local chapter in good standing with the national NSSLHA association

Recognition

The recipient of the Excellence Award receives:

NSSLHA Rising Leader Award

The Rising Leader Award honors undergraduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership development in their local NSSLHA Chapters or community. Two awards will be given; one each for an audiology- and a speech-language pathology–focused undergraduate student.

Nominating Procedures

  • Submit an online nomination form from March 15 to May 1.
  • Include two letters of recommendation of up to 800 words each (e.g., from the student's chapter advisor), to include:
    • A description of how the nominee's service and leadership have impacted the chapter, university, or community
    • A description of the nominee’s leadership trajectory; specifically, how it has evolved and where it is going
    • Examples of contributions to the local NSSLHA chapter, including leadership positions

Who May Nominate

  • The student (self-nominations are acceptable)
  • Officer, advisor, or a co-advisor from a local chapter in good standing with the national NSSLHA association

Recognition

The recipient of the Rising Leader Award receives:

NSSLHA Legislative Liaison of the Year Award

The Legislative Liaison of the Year Award honors an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student who has motivated and organized his or her local NSSLHA chapter in legislative advocacy efforts and events.

Nominating Procedures

  • Submit an online nomination form from March 15 to May 1.
  • Include two letters of recommendation of up to 800 words each (e.g., from the student's chapter advisor), to include:
    • How the nominee advocated for communication sciences and disorders issues at the local, state, or federal level
    • How the nominee engaged fellow students in local, state, or federal advocacy efforts
    • Why the nominee deserves recognition for his or her efforts

Who May Nominate

  • The student (self-nominations are acceptable)
  • Officer, advisor, or a co-advisor from a local chapter in good standing with the national NSSLHA association

Recognition

The recipient of the Legislative Liaison of the Year Award receives:

NSSLHA Speaking Out and Being Heard Award

The Speaking Out and Being Heard Award honors an outstanding undergraduate or graduate who brings public awareness to communication sciences and disorders via traditional and non-traditional media.

Nominating Procedures

  • Submit an online nomination form from March 15 to May 1.
  • Include the following pieces, and the results for each activity:
    • Original articles (beyond event recaps) in local or chapter publications
    • Images of activities posted on websites, social media, and in traditional or non-traditional media
    • Examples of social media contests and other public- and chapter-engagement activities
    • Examples of outreach and communication via traditional and non-traditional media
  • The Nominator must also include a seven-word statement narrative that tells the reviewers the essence of why the nominee deserves the award (e.g., "Speak for Those Who Have No Voice")

Who May Nominate

  • The student (self-nominations are acceptable)
  • Officer, advisor, or a co-advisor from a local chapter in good standing with the national NSSLHA association

Recognition

The recipient of the Speaking Out and Being Heard Award receives:

View a list of past Member Honors recipients.