Awards/Scholarships

Awards
Jayne Thomas Grassroots Volunteer Recognition Award
Named in honor of Jayne Thomas, a preeminent Community Action leader in Virginia, this award was established in 1988 to recognize and honor volunteers who are devoted to changing people’s lives and who have made a significant and outstanding contribution toward accomplishing the promise of Community Action.
To nominate such a person, submit the following by June 6, 2019:

  • Official Jayne Thomas Nomination Form, which you may download here.
  • Nomination Narrative that chronicles the demonstrated contributions of your local volunteer nominee to include their length of service, scope of service, and degree of leadership within your CAA and/or the community they serve. Please note advocacy efforts to change people’s lives and outstanding contributions toward giving a voice to the poor.
  • Letter of Support from your CAA executive director with clear, concise, and descriptive examples of how the nominated volunteer has met the award criteria through activities and accomplishments. Letters from other supporters may also be included, but are not required.
  • Two-Minute Video (If Selected). If your volunteer is selected, you will need to provide a two-minute video featuring your nominee.
If your state or agency recognizes volunteers during National Community Action Month or at any time during the year, please submit their names as nominees. The Partnership will provide hotel accommodations and convention registration for each award recipient.
Sargent Shriver Achievement Award
Named in honor of Sargent Shriver, the first Office of Economic Opportunity Director. This award was established in 1995 to recognize and honor the accomplishments of individuals who, with the assistance of a Community Action Agency, have changed their lives by achieving economic stability, self-sufficiency and independence, and then have gone on to help others turn their hopes into reality by improving their communities through advocacy, volunteerism, public service, or some other vehicle.
To nominate such a person, submit the following by June 6, 2019:

  • Official Sargent Shriver Nomination Form, which you may download here.
  • Nomination Narrative that chronicles the demonstrated contributions of your local volunteer nominee to include their length of service, scope of service, and degree of leadership within your CAA and/or the community they serve. Please note advocacy efforts to change people’s lives and outstanding contributions toward giving a voice to the poor.
  • Letter of Support from your CAA executive director with clear, concise, and descriptive examples of how the nominated volunteer has met the award criteria through activities and accomplishments. Letters from other supporters may also be included, but are not required.
  • Two-Minute Video (If Selected). If your volunteer is selected, you will need to provide a two-minute video featuring your nominee.
If your state or agency recognizes volunteers during National Community Action Month or at any time during the year, please submit their names as nominees. The Partnership will provide hotel accommodations and convention registration for each award recipient.
Scholarships
Avril Weisman Scholarship for Professional Enrichment

The Avril Weisman Convention Scholarships honor Avril Weisman, a longtime employee of the national Community Action Partnership. For more than 28 years, Avril dedicated herself to building the capacity of Community Action Agencies. For many years, her primary responsibility was the coordination of the Community Action Partnership Annual Convention which brings together more than 1,000 Community Action leaders, staff, volunteers, and board members from across the country for four days of learning, networking, and sharing best practices. These scholarships reflect Avril’s passion for Community Action as well as her dedication to ongoing learning, professional enrichment, and the Community Action brand. A scholarship will be given to a Community Action Agency or State Association staff member or local agency board member each year. Staff will make recommendations to the Board of Directors, who will then select the winners.

Scholarship Includes:

  • Travel expenses to/from the convention, including hotel and up to $1,000 for ground/air transportation and meal per diems;
  • Registration for full Annual Convention;
  • Registration for pre-convention activities.

The Staff Scholarship will be given to CAA or Association staff member who meets the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates passion for the mission and Promise of Community Action;
  • Demonstrates an ongoing desire to enrich their professional development;
  • Employed in Community Action for five or more years;
  • Is not an executive director/senior management team member.

The CAA Board Scholarship will be given to a local Community Action board member who meets the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates passion for the mission and Promise of Community Action;
  • Demonstrates an ongoing desire to enrich their professional development.
To apply, please submit the following:

  • Written statement of no more than 500 words demonstrating how the applicant meets the scholarship criteria;
  • Summary of any (non-required) training attended while employed by or serving on the board of a local CAA demonstrating an ongoing desire for professional development;
  • Letter of support from a supervisor or executive director documenting how this individual meets the scholarship criteria;
  • Completed application form noting that the individual has permission to travel and attend the full convention, if selected. Download the application form here.