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Apply for the Servant Leadership Award

The Servant Leadership Award recognizes students who have significantly impacted their community through selfless service to others.  The award is open to all homeschooled teens, but in order to apply, a teen must first be nominated.

Any adult may nominate a teen for the award, after which the teen will be emailed a short application to fill out and a reference form to pass on to someone who can testify to the quality and impact of their community service. 

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Eligibility Requirements 

To be eligible to apply for the Servant Leader Award, a student must:

  • Be at least 13 and no more than 19 years old when nominated.
  • Live in the United States or one of its territories.
  • Be homeschooled and have been continuously for the preceding academic year; if the student applies in the summer after graduating high school, they must have been homeschooled for the past academic year.
  • Have completed a significant voluntary community service project or series of continuing service within the past academic year.  The community service should meet the following guidelines:
    •  It must have occurred since June 1st of the prior year (e.g. if a student applies for the 2017 award, the community service must have happened after June 1, 2016)
    • It must not have financially benefitted the student nor his or her immediate family. 

There is no minimum hours or required impact of the community service for a student to be nominated for this award. If a student’s service is believed to be significant in the lives of people in their community, he or she may be nominated.

Students may involve others in the service and thereby demonstrate leadership abilities.  They do not have to do a project all on their own to be eligible. If students work as part of a team, they should describe on their application the totality of the work accomplished by team as well as specify what their individual role and impact was. Pictures and/or links to videos showing the impact of the students service are strongly encouraged, but not required.


 Important Dates and Deadlines 

June 1st                      Nomination Form due*  
June 30th                  Student Application & Reference Form due*
August 21st               All applicants notified of winners by email 
Late September        Winners awarded at HSLDA National Conference

*These forms must be received by the HSF office on the indicated date, not postmarked by.



Is there a restriction on what qualifies as community service? No, so long as the student is serving outside their family and not benefiting from it.

May I nominate my own child?  Yes, parents are welcome to nominate their teens, but parents may not serve as references for their child as references may not be related to the student applicant.  

How will the winners be decided?  A judging panel comprised of HSF and HSLDA leadership and neutral third parties will review completed applications in early July and decide the winners. The decision of the panel is final.

Aspects that the panel will consider include: the nature and scope of the service; the overall impact on the community; the change in the circumstances of the specific demographic served; the level of independence, initiative and/or leadership demonstrated by the student; and the sustainability of the project.

Are there restrictions on how the prize money may be used? No, the prizes are gifts, not scholarships, and may be used however the winning students choose. 

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