Emerging Leaders Awards

Chicago 2022 logoDesigned to recognize and support NATS teachers with no more than 10 years of teaching experience, this grant will help selected recipients attend sessions, network with colleagues, and enjoy all the benefits available at the NATS Conference. Recipients will receive up to $750 to pay for expenses for travel, housing, registration, food, and other related costs for attendance at the 57th NATS National Conference in Chicago, July 1-6, 2022.


  • Applicants must be FULL members in good standing, with no more than 10 years of full-time teaching, or the part-time equivalent.
  • Applicants should be active in NATS Chapter and Regional activities.
  • For 2022, applicants must be from the Cal-Western, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South, New England, Southeastern, Southern, or Texoma regions. Applicants from other regions will be eligible for the 2024 awards.
  • Prior participants in the NATS Intern Program and winners of the YOUNG LEADERS AWARD will not be eligible to apply.


January 21, 2022. Online applications with all required materials must be completed by the deadline date. Late entries will not be considered for the award. 


Submit the following application materials via the online application form:

  • Reasons for applying for this award.
  • Résumé
  • Summary of Chapter, District, and Regional NATS activities
  • Names and contact information for two references
  • Names and contact information for two letters of recommendation (will be solicited through application portal) 

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Past Emerging Leaders