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 of the Year


This award celebrates our most important partner, parents. Individuals nominated must be enrolled in the current year and have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills.

Award specific criteria

  • The nominee must be a Head Start parent during the current program year.

  • The nominee must hold a position of leadership on a site council, parent or policy council, state, regional or national association.

Responses must be submitted for each of the following categories, in their entirety. Maximum point value for each category is indicated in parentheses. 

Letters of Reference

Two letters of reference must be submitted from people who can verify the parent's work as a leader in Head Start, volunteer service, and/or community activities. The letters should be no more than one typewritten page each. Applications without 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

Name of parent being nominated *
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