Scholarships, Awards, Grants



New Contact: Trisha Parker–Additional Information Coming Soon!
NSRA offers two (2) $500 Scholarships. Applications are due on October 1 of each year and recognized during the annual conference in Feb. Junior, Senior, or Graduate Students that are currently enrolled in a Teacher Education program at a Nebraska post-secondary and a resident of the state of Nebraska may apply.
Program Information
Program Criteria
Program Application

Student Ambassador Program

Contact:  Julie Agard,
Each of the Local Councils may select and send two student ambassadors to the annual conference.  In addition to the paid registration, the students will receive memberships at the local, state, and International Literacy Association levels.  This is an excellent opportunity for professional growth and networking for pre-service teachers during the annual conference and beyond.

Student Ambassador Guidelines for 2017




Celebrate Literacy Award

Contact: Marilyn Coon,
The Celebrate Literacy Award recognizes individuals, organizations, and institutions that have made a significant literacy contribution at the local, state, or provincial level. State Nominations are due Oct 1 to be recognized during the annual conference in February. NSRA Celebrate Literacy Award Guidelines Form
For more information go to ILA:

Distinguished Educator Award

Contact: Cindy Johnson,
The Distinguished Educator Award recognizes an educator (administrator, teacher, para, media specialist) who has supported literacy. State nominations are due Oct. 1 to be recognized during the annual conference in February.
Guidelines Scoring Rubric

Exemplary Reading Program Award

Contact: Julie Agard,
The Exemplary Reading Program Award recognizes outstanding reading and language arts programs at all grade levels (elementary, middle, and high school). Its purpose is to call the public’s attention to outstanding programs in schools throughout Canada and the United States. Applications are due at ILA by Nov 28, which is followed by a school site visit from the state committee. The state committee will select one school to recognize at the ILA Convention.
For additional information, contact Council Services.

Nebraska All Star Award

Contact:  Mary Lou Benesch and Colette Sorensen,
The purpose of the All Star Award is to recognize local councils for their achievements  


Honor Council

The Honor Council Program annually recognizes local, student and special interest councils that organize and conduct well-rounded programs serving the council members, the community, the state/provincial council, and the International Literacy Association. Councils are recognized for accomplishments of the previous year.
Deadline: January 4

For additional information, contact Council Services.



Contact: Karen Heafer,
NSRA provides sponsorships for projects promoting literacy throughout the state.
Applications are due Oct. 1 Sponsorship Application




Verizon Foundation
Funding Goals and Partnership Guidelines To improve literacy and strengthen educational achievement for children and adults by preparing them for success in the 21st Century.
Our mission is to help teachers, schools, and related organizations to find and capture resources to do their work and do it well.


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