2018 Awards and Scholarships Timeline

Award Application Submittal: October 1 – November 15

Awards Review and Selection: November 16 – December 10

Award Recipient Announcements: No later than December 15

Awards Banquet:  At IHSA Conference – February 5, 2019


IHSA Parent Scholarship, Post Secondary Education   



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

Award specific criteria


  • The nominee must have a child enrolled in a Head Start/Early Head Start program for one or more years.

  • The nominee must be a High School graduate, be pursuing a post-secondary education and submit proof of acceptance or enrollment in an institution of higher learning. These funds may be applied to the documented cost of tuition, and or books.

The applicant must submit responses for each of the following categories, in their entirety. Maximum point value for each category is indicated in parentheses. 

Letters of Reference

The nominee must submit letters of reference from two people who know the nominee as a student (school personnel preferred), and as a parent volunteer in the Head Start/Early Head Start program.  Applications that do not include two references will not be considered for this award. (20 points)


How to Apply

Option 1. Download a copy of the questions and upload to the website when completed.

  1. Download a copy of the application by clicking here.

  2. Fill out the name and email section of the online application Form.

  3. Upload your answers and references by clicking on the “Upload Documents” button.

  4. Click “Submit”.

Option 2. Complete the application entirely online.

  1. Complete the entire online application form below and upload your references by clicking on the “Upload Documents” button at the bottom of the page.

  2. Click “Submit”.


Online Application

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