NSSLHA Member Honors

The NSSLHA Member Honors awards recognize outstanding National NSSLHA members who support NSSLHA's mission to inspire, empower, and support students in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) to engage in leadership opportunities, grow professionally, and excel in their future careers.

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

  • two Excellence Awards, one for an audiology and one for a speech-language pathology graduate student;
  • two Rising Leader Awards, one for an audiology and one for a speech-language pathology undergraduate student;
  • one Legislative Liaison of the Year Award, given to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student;
  • one Speaking Out and Being Heard Award, given to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student.

Eligibility

To be nominated for a Member Honors award, a 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.

Nomination Process

Nominations will be accepted online from February 1 through May 1 at noon, Eastern time. The Member Honors may be nominated or self-nominated.

Excellence Awards Requirements

Nominations require two letters of recommendation (up to 800 words each) that include:

  • a description of how the nominee deserves to be recognized for his or her contributions to both the local chapter and National NSSLHA;
  • examples of how the nominee demonstrates NSSLHA's core values;
  • 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.

Rising Leader Award Requirements

Nominations require two letters of recommendation (up to 800 words each) that include:

    • a description of how the nominee's service and leadership have impacted the local 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.

    Legislative Liaison of the Year Award Requirements

    Nominations require one letter of recommendation (up to 800 words each) that include:

    • how the nominee advocated for CSD 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.

    Speaking Out and Being Heard Award Requirements

    Nominations require:

    • a seven-word statement that tells why the nominee deserves the award (e.g., "Speaks for those who have no voice");
    • Supporting documentation:
      • Original articles (beyond event recaps) o in local or chapter publications;
      • Images of activities posted on websites, social media, and/or 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.

    Additionally, those nominating an awardee may include a statement (up to 500 words) that includes what the nominee has done to bring public awareness to CSD via traditional and non-traditional media. This is not required.

    Recognition

    Recipients of the Excellence Awards receive:

    • a $500 award;
    • recognition at a NSSLHA event at the ASHA Convention.

    Recipients of the Rising Leader, Legislative Liaison of the Year, and Speaking Out and Being Heard awards receive:

    • a $250 award;
    • recognition at a NSSLHA event at the ASHA Convention.

    Notification

    Submissions are reviewed by the National NSSLHA staff to confirm eligibility. The Executive Council will select recipients for each award. National NSSLHA staff will notify recipients in May.

    Past Recipients

    View a list of past Member Honors recipients.