NOSS exists to support professionals in educational institutions in making a positive difference in the lives of students. 


NOSS celebrates excellence by offering a variety of awards and scholarships.

Awards are presented at the annual conference.

The deadline for nominations is October 15th.

NOSS Award and Scholarship Application

The following information is needed to complete a nomination for an award via the application linked below.

  • Nominator's name, email, work phone and address
  • Nominee
    • Name of individual and/or program
    • Institution name
    • Job/position
    • Department name
    • Address
    • Work phone 
  • Specific award documentation in a single, pdf file

Comprehensive List of Award Winners


To be considered for an award, a nominee must be a member of NOSS except for the following awards: Outstanding Alumnus of a Developmental Education Program, NOSS  Award to an Administrator or Public Servant for Outstanding Support to Student Success, Martha Maxwell Student Scholarship.


Contact Annette Cook, NOSS Executive Assistant, at

Awards and Scholarships Information

Administrator or Public Servant for Outstanding Support to Student Success

Recognizes the special contributions and support of an individual, other than professionals working in student success programs, to student success programs.

Curtis Miles Outstanding Chapter Award

This award recognizes excellence (e.g., service, conferences, political advocacy, and professional development) in state and regional NOSS chapters.

Gladys R. Shaw Award for Outstanding Service to and Support of Student Success Programs

Recognizes long-term service to and support of programs related to student success by a NOSS member. 

Award:  $500 stipend, invited to present at next conference

Henry Young Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to NOSS

Recognizes long-term contribution of service to the association by a NOSS member

Award:  plaque

Hunter R. Boylan Award for Outstanding Research by a NOSS Member

Honors recently completed non-thesis/dissertation research by a NOSS member in published or unpublished form ($500 stipend)

Award:  $500 stipend (shared if multiple researchers), invited to present at next conference, plaques for up to 3 researchers

Martha Maxwell Student Scholarship

Supports completers of programs related to student success as they continue their college degree aspirations

Award: $1000 scholarship, fee waiver for conference, invited to share 3-5 minutes speech at conference

Vickie Kelly Adjunct Instructor Award

Assists in defraying expenses for attendance for one adjunct at the NOSS annual conference who is employed on a part-time basis with a higher education program that supports student success

Award:  includes fee waiver to attend conference

NOSS Member Conference Fee Waiver

Assists in defraying expenses for attendance of a NOSS member at the NOSS annual conference

Susan E. Hashway Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation Award

Honors recently completed thesis or dissertation research by a NOSS member

Award:  Plaque and invitation to present at next conference

Vashti Muse and Maxine Elmont Award for Outstanding Alumnus of a Student Success Program

Recognizes an alumnus of a student success program who has distinguished himself/ herself in an educational career and other areas of life

Award:  plaque and invited to share 3-5 minutes speech at conference

William G. White Jr. Graduate Study Scholarship

Promotes graduate study in a student success-related field for the purpose of advancing research and/or practice in the field

Award:  $500 stipend, presentation at confernce after completion of porgram

NOSS, The National Organization for Student Success, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

P.O. Box 963, Northport, AL 35476           Email:      NOSS W-9      

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