Distinguished Service Awards

NASSP is committed to connecting and engaging school leaders, and in doing so, improving and strengthening education. Recipients of the following two awards contribute work of national prominence and/or work that significantly impacts a sector, community, or NASSP’s goals in key ways.

The Distinguished Service to Education Award celebrates individuals, organizations, foundations, corporations, or publications for significantly improving or strengthening education.

The Distinguished Service to NASSP Award is presented to individuals or organizations. It recognizes service which has contributed significantly to NASSP’s vision to support great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student.

Award recipients will be recognized at the National Principals Conference each year.

For questions regarding these awards, please contact Felicia Fett at fettf@nassp.org.

Dates and Deadlines

January 6, 2020 2020 Distinguished Service to Education Award nomination form available
2020 Distinguished Service to NASSP Award nomination form available
March 6, 2020 All online nominations due to NASSP
July 7 –9, 2020 The 2020 Distinguished Service to Education Award and the 2020 Distinguished Service to NASSP Award recipients will be recognized at the 2020 National Principals Conference in National Harbor, MD.

How to Apply

Criteria and Guidelines

Recipients’ contributions should be of national prominence and/or significantly impact a sector or community in the field. The award recipients may be recognized for accomplishments and contributions aligned to the purpose of NASSP articulated in its ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION AND BYLAWS:

The Association is committed to the improvement and strengthening of secondary education. In pursuing this commitment, the Association shall be responsive to the changing school environment and changing concepts of the role of education in society; through research and development, review and modify curriculum requirements, course content, and subject matter of school programs to meet the needs of students and the requirements of colleges and universities; promote techniques to challenge and encourage the full achievement of student potentials; assist in the furtherance of standards and qualifications for school principals through the professional intern and development programs; encourage the integrated use of technology and teaching techniques in schools; and cooperate with other professional organizations interested in the solution of problems of education at the national level for the welfare of schools and the youth they serve.


Candidates may not currently serve on the NASSP Board and cannot be a member of the staff.

Any member of NASSP or its affiliates may submit nominations for the award.

Winners may be individuals, organizations, or a group.