Emerging Leaders Awards

Designed 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 58th NATS National Conference in Knoxville, TN, June 28 - July 2, 2024.


  • 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 2024, applicants must be from the Central, Eastern, Great Lakes, Intermountain, North Central, Northwestern, or West Central. Applicants from other regions will be eligible for the 2026 awards.
  • Prior participants in the NATS Intern Program and winners of the Emerging Leaders Award will not be eligible to apply.


January 25, 2024. 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 the application portal) 


Past Emerging Leaders