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Past Grant Winners

NSHSS STEAM Educator Grants

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NSHSS is providing USD $1,000 grants to enhance STEAM-related activities, innovation, and classroom excellence for teachers in a STEAM field. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, field trips or other resources to enhance the delivery of their courses. NSHSS educators are eligible to receive one NSHSS grant per academic year.


Congratulations to our 2019 NSHSS STEAM Educator Grant Recipients: 

  • Julie Olson, Science Educator, Mitchell High School, Mitchell, SD
  • James Stith, Science Educator, Newcastle High School, Newcastle, WY
  • Matthew Horner, Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Educator, Randolph High School, Randolph, NJ
  • Carmela Curatola, Computer Science Educator, Achievement House Cyber Charter School, Exton, PA
  • Jill Hyatt, Secondary Gifted Support Educator, Crawford Central School District, Meadville, PA

Congratulations to our 2018 NSHSS STEAM Educator Grant Recipients:

  • Christine Ho, Science Educator, St. Paul’s School (Lam Tin), Hong Kong, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
  • Kat Hustedde, Art Educator, Homestead High School, Mesquon, WI
  • Gregory Lakey, Accelerated Integrated Mathematics Educator, Environmental Charter High School, Lawndale, CA
  • Cindy McLinn, IBCP Coordinator/Educator, Saint Joan Antida High School, Milwaukee, WI
  • Julie Olson, Science Educator, Mitchell High School, Mitchell, SD

NSHSS Advanced Placement (AP) Teacher Grants

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NSHSS is awarding five (5) $1,000 grants for Advanced Placement teachers to use for supplies, materials, field trips, or other supplemental aids to enhance the delivery of Advanced Placement courses for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Congratulations to our 2019 AP Grant Recipients:

  • Torrie Maas, AP English & Capstone, University High School Academy, Farmington Hills, MI
  • Lynn Norris, AP History, Sullivan High School, Sullivan, IN
  • Jamie Oleson, AP World History & European History, Rogers High School, Mead, WA
  • Gregory Dykhouse, AP European History & Art History, Black River Public School, Holland, MI
  • Kristin Ellison, AP U.S. History, Edmund Burke Academy, Midville, GA
  • Amanda Meyer, AP Psychology, Elanor Roosevelt High School, Fontana, CA
  • Kelsi Flatland, AP Physics, Oakwood School, Morgan Hill, CA
  • Sandra Nite, AP Computer Science, Allen Academy, Bryan, TX
  • Vicki Rowe, AP Art History, Taylor ISD, Taylor, TX
  • Hasan Zerze, AP Physics, Primoris Academy, Windsor, NJ
  • Darlene Dewitz, AP English Language, Thornton Township High School, Shorewood, IL
  • Kate Sneed, AP Environmental Science, Columbia Central High School, Columbia, TN
  • Heather Benton, AP English, Academic Magnet High School, North Charleston, SC
  • Natalie Tribble, AP Language & Composition, North Iredell High School, Olin, NC
  • Leidy Romero, AP Spanish Language, John A. Ferguson Senior High School, Miami, FL
  • Kimberly Spence, AP Instructor, Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls, Albany, NY
  • Amber Willis, AP Biology & Environmental Science, Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • Shelley Caskey, AP Calculus, Allen Academy, Bryan, TX
  • Catherine Longueira, AP Photography, Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL
  • Marie Cajou, AP French, Boerum Hill School for International Studies, Hollis, NY

Congratulations to our 2018 AP Grant Recipients:

  • Isaac Berniker, AP Calculus and AP Statistics, Oakwood High School, Morgan Hill, CA
  • Kristy Brasfield, AP World History and AP U.S. History, Blytheville High School, Blytheville, AR
  • Kiri Clayton, AP Studio Art: Drawing, Los Angeles Leadership Academy, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ana Diaz, AP Spanish Language & Culture, Chestatee High School, Gainesville, GA
  • Kathleen Duffy, AP World History, Barrington Community High School, Barrington, IL
  • Bridget Federspiel, AP U.S. History, Stivers School for the Arts, Dayton, OH
  • Chelsea Geist, AP Environmental Science, Canon-McMillan High School, Canonsburg, PA
  • Anthony Kopp, AP 2D Design, Suncoast Community High School, Riviera Beach, FL
  • Branton Lachman, AP Chemistry, Santiago High School, Corona, CA
  • Stephanie Long, AP Computer Science Principles, George County High School, Lucedale, MS
  • Blakely Lord, AP Literature and Composition, Person High School, Roxboro, NC
  • Heather Milam, AP Psychology, Middleburg High School, Middleburg, FL
  • Mattthew O'connor, AP Environmental Science, James Hubert Blake High School, Silver Spring, MD
  • Julie Roos, AP English Language & Composition, Canyon Springs High School, Las Vegas, NV
  • Sharon Schaefer, AP Physics, South Pontotoc High School, Pontotoc, MS
  • Karew Schumaker, AP Biology, Victoria West High School, Victoria, TX
  • Tara Seale, AP Language and Composition, Bryant High School, Bryant, AR
  • Amber Willis, AP Environmental Science, Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy, Wilmington, CA
  • Jane Wright, AP Psychology, Paint Branch High School, Burtonsville, MD

Congratulations to our 2017 AP Teacher Grant Recipients:

  • Lee Alexander, AP Social Studies, Enka High School, Candler, NC
  • Mircea Arsenie, AP Environmental Science, Carl Schurz High School, Chicago, IL
  • Mike Avara, AP Chemistry/Physics, Dupo High School, Dupo, IL
  • Luisa Barrios-Cremonesi, AP Spanish Literature/Language and Culture, Celebration High School, Celebration, FL
  • Gregory Dykhouse, AP European History, Black River Public School, Holland, MI
  • Antonios Ekatomatis, AP Physics, Northwest High School, Germantown, MD
  • Jason Hall, AP Physics, Academy of Holy Angels, Richfield, MN
  • Jennifer Hunter, AP Language & Composition Teacher, Rising Sun High School, North East, MD
  • Zachary Itzkowitz, AP Environmental Science, Pelham Preparatory Academy, Bronx, NY
  • Eric Kincaid, AP Biology, Morgantown High School, Morgantown, WV
  • Lisa Laustsen, AP English Language and Composition Teacher, Holy Cross Lutheran Academy, Sanford, FL
  • Marla James, AP US Government/AP European History, Union Catholic Regional High School, Scotch Plains, NJ
  • Norma Marsh, AP US History/AP World History, Runnels High School, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Rebecca Nelson, AP English, Oswego East High School, Oswego, IL
  • Jessica Paxson, AP Language and Composition, James Bowie High School, Arlington, TX
  • Adam Quaal, AP Physics, John W. North High School, Riverside, CA
  • Vickie Reed, AP Chemistry, Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School, Dallas, TX
  • Gregory Russick, AP US History, Pittston Area High School, Pittston/Yatesville, PA
  • Eileen Virden, AP Language and Composition, Blanchet Catholic School, Salem, OR
  • Jody Zepp, AP US Government and Politics, Long Reach High School, Columbia, MD

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Congratulations to our 2016 AP Teacher Grant Recipients:

  • Justin Barton, AP Language & Composition, Volunteer High School, Church Hill, TN
  • Christen Campbell, AP French Language & Culture, Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Hsiu-Jen Chang, AP Chinese Language & Culture, Cinco Ranch High School, Katy, TX
  • Pamela Close, AP Biology and AP Capstone Seminar, D. H. Hickman High School, Columbia, MO
  • Connie Conner, AP Chemistry, DeRidder High School, Deridder, LA
  • Gregory Dykhouse, AP European History, Black River Public School, Holland, MI
  • Antonios Ekatomatis, AP Physics C & AP Chemistry, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD
  • Jason Hall, AP Physics, Academy of Holy Angels, Richfield, MN
  • Eric Kincaid, AP Biology, Morgantown High School, Morgantown, WV
  • Rebekah Laudermilch, AP Chemistry, Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, New Haven, CT
  • Heather Lynch, AP Literature, Douglas County High School, Douglasville, GA
  • Matt Logan, AP U.S. Government and Politics, LaFayette High School, LaFayette, GA
  • Andrew Pate, AP U.S. History, Sam Barlow High School, Gresham, OR
  • Adam Quaal, AP Physics, John W. North High School, Riverside, CA
  • Constance Rihani, AP English Language and Composition, George Washington High School, Chicago, IL
  • Mitchell Smith, AP Biology, Kentridge High School, Kent, WA
  • Tracie Speakman, AP Literature, Mississinewa High School, Gas City, IN
  • Traci Sullivan, AP Biology, Island School, Lihue, HI
  • Cleopatra Warren, AP U.S. History, Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy, Atlanta, GA
  • Rebecca White, AP Chemistry, Alfred M. Barbe High School, Lake Charles, LA  


Congratulations to our 2015 AP Teacher Grant Recipients:

  • Karin Cook, AP Language and Composition, J. P. Taravella High School, Coral Springs, FL
  • Kevin Cram, AP Chemistry, Lake View High School, Chicago, IL
  • Brandie Freeman, AP Chemistry, Woodland High School, Cartersville, GA
  • Virginia Gunther, AP Art History, New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle, NY
  • Susan Hvzidos, AP Statistics, Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling, WV
  • Rebeccah Kwon, AP European History, Frontier High School, Bakersfield, CA
  • Roderick Leak, AP Biology, TEACH Tech Charter High School, Los Angeles, CA
  • Shannon Porfilio, AP French Language and Culture, Foothill High School, Pleasanton, CA
  • Jennifer Rogers, AP Literature and Composition, Cortez High School, Phoenix, AZ
  • Leslie Walker, AP Chemistry/Environmental Science, Foreman High School, Foreman, AR 

NSHSS International Baccalaureate (IB) Teacher Grants

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NSHSS will award USD $1,000 grants to teachers in International Baccalaureate programs. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, field trips or other resources to enhance the delivery of International Baccalaureate courses. NSHSS educators are eligible to receive one NSHSS grant per academic year.

Congratulations to our 2018 IB Grant Recipients:

  • Laurie Ainsworth, IB Coordinator, Rockville High School, Rockville, MD
  • Karzetta Bester, IB Film, Ramsay High School, Birmingham, AL
  • Kelly Challand, IB Business Management, North Mecklenburg High School, Huntersville, NC
  • Seth Coleman, IB Biology, Saint George's School, Spokane, WA
  • Hunter Dickenson, IB Math, Atlee High School, Mechanicsville, VA
  • Ashley Fahey, IBCP Personal & Professional Skills, Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School, Milwaukee, WI
  • Tamara Irving, IB Dance, North Atlanta High School, Atlanta, GA
  • Marissa Kingham, IB English, Atlantic Community High School, Delray Beach, FL
  • Barbara Ann Krollage, IB English, West Islip High School, West Islip, NY
  • Meghan Lena, IB Biology, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield, MA
  • Mary MacPherson, IB Psychology, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, Hadley, MA
  • Matthew Muratore, IB History and IB Social & Cultural Anthropology, Mira Loma High School, Sacramento, CA
  • Brittany Newell, IB Music, Edmonds-Woodway High School, Edmonds, WA
  • Simona Opris, IB Spanish and IB French, Parkdale Collegiate Institute, Toronto, ON
  • Mina Ouakrim, IB French, Parkland Magnet High School, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Michelle Pauken, IB Visual Arts, Rockwall High School, Rockwall, TX
  • Jamieson Riling, IB Visual Arts, Archbishop Walsh High School: Southern Tier Catholic School, Olean, NY
  • Amy Sabbadini, IB World Religions, Bend Senior High School, Bend, OR
  • Christina Shaw, IB Spanish, Ramsay High School, Hoover, AL
  • Krista Wilcox, IB English, Oconomowoc High School, Oconomowoc, WI


Congratulations to our 2017 IB Grant Recipients:

  • Mircea Arsenie, IB Environmental Systems and Societies, Carl Schurz High School, Chicago, IL
  • Justin Barleben, IB Chemistry, Archbishop Walsh Academy, Olean, NY
  • Kevin Behmer, IB Computer Science, Ann Arbor Huron High School, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Pamela Booth, IB Language and Literature, Walnut High School, Walnut, CA
  • Elizabeth Braganza, IB Language and Literature, Eastern Senior High School, Washington, D.C.
  • Michelle Collette, IB Film, Harding High School, Saint Paul, MN
  • Kimberly Dennis, IB Language and Literature, San Gabriel Mission High School, San Gabriel, CA
  • Aaron Greenall, IB Design Technology, St. Andrews School, Savannah, GA
  • Amber Greene, IB History, Westlake High School, Westlake, OH
  • Seth Guinals-Kupperman, IB Physics, The Brooklyn Latin School, Brooklyn, NY
  • Lois Housler, IB Biology, Archbishop Walsh Academy, Olean, NY
  • Euan Hunter, IB Chemistry, Vanguard High School, Ocala, FL
  • Danielle Michel, IB Theory of Knowledge, Archbishop Walsh Academy, Olean, NY
  • Tiffany Oliver, IB Biology, Robinson High School, Tampa, FL
  • Candace Printz, IB Visual Arts, El Dorado High School, El Paso, TX
  • Margery Ricards, IB Extended Essay Coordinator, Rio Mesa High School, Oxnard, CA
  • Rachel Sawyer, IB Math Studies, East Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte, NC
  • Annette Spahr, IB Language and LiteratureHarrisburg Academy, Wormleysburg, PA
  • Rebecca Tanaka, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator /IB French, Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, Forest Park, IL
  • Lorie Xikes, IB Biology, Riverdale High School, Fort Myers, FL

Congratulations to our 2016 IB Grant Recipients:

  • Ricardo Alonso, IB Mathematics, Lincoln High School, Portland, OR
  • Ashleigh Apostolovski, IB Mathematics, Northville High School, Northville, MI
  • Tony Babecka, DP Music, Josiah Quincy Upper School, Boston, MA
  • Shari Brady, DP Biology, Parkland Magnet High School, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Laura Burlingame, IB Literature, Archbishop Walsh: Southern Tier Catholic School, Olean, NY
  • Andy Gever, DP Spanish, Virgin Islands Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy, St. Thomas, VI
  • Melissa Handy, IB Computer Science, Le Jardin Academy, Kailua, HI
  • Jamie Incorvia, IB Language & Literature, Cleveland High School, Portland, OR
  • Tashi Langton, IB Biology, Henry Foss IB World School, Tacoma, WA
  • Jason Law, IB Physics, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute, Toronto, ON
  • Lorelei MacBeth, DP Visual Arts, Amundsen High School, Chicago, IL
  • Mark Miazga, IB English, Baltimore City College High School, Baltimore, MD
  • Leslie Robbins, IB Biology, Vincentian Academy, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Mark Rogers, IB Mathematics, Meridian School, Round Rock, TX
  • Tania Romero, IB Film, Anderson High School, Austin, TX
  • Brandy Rood, IB Theatre, Humble High School, Humble, TX
  • Raymond Scheetz, IB History of the Americas, Franklin High School, Franklin, TN
  • Janet Tombre, IB Language & Literature, East Grand Rapids High School, East Grand Rapids, MI
  • Cheryl Wolfe, IB Language & Literature, Navajo Preparatory School, Farmington, NM

Congratulations to our 2015 IB Grant Recipients:

  • Lisa Albrich, IB Spanish Teacher, Eugene International High School at Sheldon, Eugene, OR
  • Frederic Allamel, IB French and Anthropology Teacher, International School of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
  • Patrice De la Ossa, IB Psychology Teacher, Chief Sealth International High School, Seattle, WA
  • Roger Eller, IB Chemistry Teacher, Henry Foss High School in Tacoma, WA
  • Jessica Fessenden, IB Theory of Knowledge Teacher, Samuel W. Wolfson High School, Jacksonville, FL
  • Angela Hayes, IB Art Teacher, Prosser Career Academy, Chicago, IL
  • Vanessa Hughes, IB English Teacher, Cleveland High School, Portland, OR
  • Shalimar Manwani, IB Spanish Teacher, Shortridge International Baccalaureate High School, Indianapolis, IN
  • Tabitha McAfee, IB Math Studies Teacher, Gresham High School, Troutdale, OR
  • Michael McCauley, IB English Teacher, Millard North High School, Omaha, NE
  • Camilla Walck, IB Biology Teacher, Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach, VA

NSHSS Diversity Initiatives Grant

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This $1,000 grant opportunity is for educators who serve in rural areas and/or diverse student populations or are actively promoting diversity and inclusion initiatives in their school or greater community. Applicants should provide their school’s demographics and explain how the funds will directly benefit their students. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, field trips or other resources to enhance the delivery of courses.

Congratulations to the 2019 Diversity Initiatives Grant Recipients:

  • Monique Byrd, Polk County Public Schools, Bartow, FL
  • Sandy Childs-Jones, Ashland High School, Benton County, MS
  • Irae Amisone, Samoana High School, Utulei, American Samoa
  • Phoebe Dillard, Ballou High School, Washington, D.C.
  • Krista McKim, Rockville High School, Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to our 2018 NSHSS Diversity/Rural Development Grant Recipients:

  • Shari Brady, Parkland Magnet High School, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Sandra Childs-Jones, Ashland High School, Ashland, MS
  • Matthew Logan, LaFayette High School, LaFayette, GA
  • Lural Ramirez, Centro Educativo Futuro Verde, Cobano, Costa Rica
  • Alicia Stevens, Alta Vista Early College High School, Anthony, NM

NSHSS-DECA Chapter Advisor Grants

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Award: In partnership with DECA, NSHSS has established a DECA Award to recognize the outstanding contributions of DECA advisors who consistently demonstrate their commitment to preparing students for success in college and in life. Two (2) awards of $1,000 will be presented to DECA Advisors to attend the DECA International Career Conference in Spring 2021. Application requires a resume, personal statement, principal’s recommendation, W9, and photo. NSHSS educators are eligible to receive one NSHSS grant per academic year.

Eligibility: Active DECA Advisors currently offering direct instruction at a public or private school in the United States or abroad.

*Grant funds will be utilized for conference registration and costs.

Application Opens: October 15 2020

Deadline to Apply: January 15 2021

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Congratulations to our 2020 NSHSS-DECA Chapter Advisor Grant Recipients:

  • Ann-Hali Blewett, White House, TN, White House High School 
  • Revenia Lock, Frisco, TX, Frisco Centennial High School 

Congratulations to our 2019 NSHSS-DECA Chapter Advisor Grant Recipients:

  • Jill Ditullio, Lockport High School, Lockport, NY
  • Rhonda Van Pelt, Marlboro County High School, Bennettsville, SC

Congratulations to our 2018 NSHSS-DECA Chapter Advisor Grant Recipients:

  • Justin Staub, Downingtown STEM Academy, Downingtown, PA
  • Jessica Tillman, Belt Public School, Belt, MT

Congratulations to our 2017 NSHSS-DECA Chapter Advisor Grant Recipients:

  • Karen Mendez, Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, NJ
  • Kellen Scott, South County High School, Lorton, VA

Congratulations to our 2016 NSHSS-DECA Chapter Advisor Grant Recipients:

  • Joshua Dumas, Maplewood Comprehensive High School, Nashville, TN
  • Andrea Weishaar, Pinkerton Academy, Derry, NH

Congratulations to our 2015 NSHSS-DECA Chapter Advisor Grant Recipients:

  • Michelle Camp, DECA Advisor, Maumelle High School, Maumelle, AR
  • Troy Davis, DECA Advisor, Yorktown High School, Yorktown, IN

Be More Fund 2020

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Our educators are doing amazing things to promote world betterment, and we are committed to sharing their stories and supporting their work. NSHSS is excited to announce a new $100,000 Be More Fund to reward individuals who have started nonprofits or are pursuing innovative passion projects that will make the world a better, more equitable place.


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Claes Nobel Educators of the Year

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Educators of the Year Award 2020

In 2011, NSHSS awarded its first Claes Nobel Educator of the Year Award to Mr. James B. Carmicle of Hollywood High School in Los Angeles. There was so much interest in the award that for the following year, NSHSS decided to select one individual as our Educator of the Year, with additional finalists selected to become a part of the Top Ten Educators of the Year.  We’ve continued with this tradition ever since. This year we are adding several *NEW* categories to include Top Principal, Top Teacher, Top Coach, Top Band/Music Director, Top College Counselor.

The Educators of the Year Award is presented annually to exemplary educators who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preparing students for success in college and in life. These awardees model best practices in teaching or administration inside and outside of the classroom, are peer role models, and demonstrate outstanding leadership and excellence in education. Any high school educator who has been nominated by a student as an Educator of Distinction has the opportunity to apply.   

NSHSS Innovation in Teaching Grants

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NSHSS is providing $500 grants to educators who are leading innovators in their field. The NSHSS Innovation Educator Grants award educators who actively support the advancement of their profession by using new methods and strategies. We encourage educators affected by COVID-19 to apply as well to share their positive stories of creativity and ingenuity during a difficult period. Recipients of this grant seek an improved academic experience for both the student and educator. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, field trips or other resources to enhance the delivery of their courses.

Congratulations to our 2019 NSHSS Innovation Educator Grant Recipients

  • Gregory Beutler, Unity High School, Oakland, CA
  • Pamela Clark, New Heights Education Group, Defiance, OH
  • Gail Mederos, Roanoke Rapids Graded School District, Roanoke Rapids, NC

NSHSS Higher Education Degree Grants

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We are honored to recognize our Claes Nobel Educators of Distinction, and in order to help educators achieve their professional development goals, NSHSS is providing four (4) $2,500 awards to help with the costs of tuition and course-related expenses for teachers and counselors who are enrolling in university courses in Summer 2020, Fall, 2020, or Spring 2021. NSHSS educators are eligible to receive one NSHSS grant per academic year.


Congratulations to our 2019 Higher Education Grant Recipients:

  • Peter Baumgartner, Imagine School of North Point, North Point, FL
    M.Ed from University of Florida
  • Sylvester Hanner, Pittsburgh Westinghouse Academy, Pittsburgh, PA
    Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Duquesne University
  • Jessica Perry-Martin, Art Theater Entertainment School, San Fernando, CA
    M.A. in Art Education from Boston University
  • Marble Christine Weatherby, East Chicago Central High School, East Chicago, IN
    M.A. in English from Governors State University

Congratulations to our 2018 Higher Education Grant Recipients:

  • Michael Franklin, Franklin County High School, Winchester, TN
    Vanderbilt University
  • Ian McNair, De La Salle Institute, Chicago, IL
    Northeastern Illinois University
  • Keith Ohnhaus, Westlake High School, Medina, OH
    Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Mary Amanda Trost, Harmony School of Science-Houston, Sugar Land, TX
    University of Houston

Congratulations to our 2017 Higher Education Grant Recipients:

  • Robert Walker, Academy of the Canyons Middle College High School
  • Sabrina Suluai-Mahuka, Samoana High School
  • Chavin Lewis Jefferson, Township Jr./Sr. High School
  • Trish Adams, Anclote High School

Congratulations to our 2016 Higher Education Grant Recipients:

  • Michelle Clark, High Tech North County High School, San Marcos, CA
  • Andrew Repp, Christian Liberty Academy, Keaau, HI
  • Daniel Rosta, Clear Lake High School, Houston, TX
  • Robert Walker, Academy of the Canyons Middle College High School, Santa Clarita, CA

Congratulations to our 2015 NSHSS Higher Education Grant Recipients:

  • Christen Campbell, French teacher, Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Anne Gill, AP Biology teacher, Cy-Fair High School, Cypress, Texas
  • Regina O’Neal, Spanish teacher; World Languages Department Chair, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Amy Perruso, Social Studies teacher, Mililani High School, Mililani, Hawaii

NSHSS Educational Conference Registration Grants

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NSHSS is providing $1,000 grants to be used during 2020 to help defray costs of educational conference registration, travel, and accommodations. NSHSS educators are eligible to receive one NSHSS grant per academic year.

Congratulations to our 2019 Educational Conference Grant Recipients:

  • Lindsay Carlino, St. Michael the Archangel High School, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Mark Case, Southern Guilford High School, Greensboro, NC
  • Nikita Fisher, Early College High School at Brookhaven CFBISD, Farmers Branch, TX
  • Jennifer Kim, Dallas International School, Dallas, TX
  • Gretchen Rhodes, Chicago Academy High School, Chicago, IL

Congratulations to our 2018 Conference Grant Recipients:

  • Scott Dudley, TASIS England, Surrey, England
  • Hattie Maguire, Novi High School, Novi, MI
  • Jennifer Maletz, Walnut High School, Walnut, CA
  • Dezirah Remington, Dufur School, Dufur, OR
  • Ana Tijerina, William Howard Taft High School, San Antonio, TX

Congratulations to our 2017 Conference Grant Recipients:

  • Yvonne Espinoza, Garza Independence High School, Austin, TX
  • Kristin Gregory, West Geauga High School, Chesterland, OH
  • Jennifer Hunter, Rising Sun High School, North East, MD
  • Genevieve Maignan, Calvin Coolidge High School, Washington, DC
  • Seamus O'Connor, T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria, VA

Congratulations to our 2016 Conference Grant Recipients:

  • Helen Lindsay, Garfield Heights High School, Garfield Heights, OH
  • Paul Orbe, Academy for Enrichment and Advancement – Union City High School, Union City, NJ
  • Dominie Wilhite, Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley, CA

Congratulations to our 2015 Conference Grant Recipients:

  • Ronald Brandt, University High School, Tolleson, AZ
  • Raul Garcia, West Orange High School, West Orange, NJ
  • Daniel Goman, Explorations Academy, Bronx, NY

NSHSS Outstanding Home School Educator Grants

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NSHSS is providing USD $250 new grants to educators who are dedicated to improving the virtual educational experience for students and educators. The Outstanding Home School Educator Grant awards educators who advance distance and online, digital learning for students educated in the home. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, field trips or other resources to enhance the delivery of home school courses.

Application Closes: September 30, 2020

Congratulations to our 2019 NSHSS Outstanding Home School Educator Grant Recipients: 

  • Joanne Juren, Houston, TX
  • Kerry Blommel, Schnecksville, PA
  • Janell Webb, Calabasas, CA

Congratulations to our 2018 NSHSS Outstanding Home School Educator Grant Recipients: 

  • Jennifer Fairburn, Rock Hill, SC
  • Timothy Hamby, Statesville, NC

Past Grants

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NSHSS, in collaboration with the American School Counselor Association, is offered five (5) USD $1,000 grants to enable ASCA members to attend the 2018 national conference. 

Congratulations to our 2018 School Counselor Appreciation Grant Recipients:

  • Venisa Beasley-Green, King College Prep, Chicago, Illinois
  • Dana Jennings, George Washington Carver High School, Atlanta, GA
  • Kristy Meyers, Mingus Union High School, Cottonwood, AZ
  • Eve Montavon, Seton School, Manassas, VA
  • Sweety Patel, Renaissance Institute, Jersey City. NJ

Congratulations to our 2017 School Counselor Appreciation Grant Recipients:

  • Wasana Ekanayake, New Designs Charter School, Los Angeles, CA
  • Arnold McNeal, Mount Vernon High School, Alexandria, VA
  • Susana Prochaska, Washburn Rural High School, Topeka, KS
  • Sarah Ramirez, Calvin M. Woodward High School, Toledo, OH
  • Jasmine Stinson, Dutchtown High School, Hampton, GA


Congratulations to our 2016 School Counselor Appreciation Grant Recipients:

  • Carri Hale, Verona Area High School, Verona, WI
  • Elizabeth Paniagua, Oakland International High School, Oakland, CA
  • Melanie Scott, Dodge City High School, Dodge City, KS


NSHSS provided two (2) USD $500 grants to educators who believe in cultivating the next generation of leaders—both student leaders and leading educators. The NSHSS Leadership Development Educator Grants awarded educators who help fellow teachers achieve professional success and who help students unlock their potential inside and outside of the classroom.


Congratulations to our 2018 NSHSS Leadership Development Educator Grant Recipients:

  • Casey Andrews, TechBoston Academy, Boston, MA
  • Sarah Heim, New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy, New Orleans, LA

NSHSS Chapter Advisors had the opportunity to apply for USD $1,000 awards in recognition of outstanding leadership of their chapters. The award was used toward hotel and travel to Scholar’s Day in Washington D.C., USA in August 2018. 

Congratulations to our 2018 NSHSS Chapter Advisor Awards Recipients:

  • Sue Peacock, Enterprise High School, Enterprise, AL
  • Britt Rosenberry, Thomas A. Edison High School, Alexandria, VA
  • Karen Sullivan, Clarksville High School, Clarksville, TN