Inspiration Award announcements

The Inspiration Award, now in its fourth year, recognizes chapters who build relationships with the wider community, be it their school district, the TSA community, or the wider local, state, and national communities. The award is offered at the regional and state levels, and over the past three years, winning chapters have been selected for their outstanding, creative service projects. (Read about the 2011, 2012, and 2013 state winners here.)

We’d like to see as many chapters as possible submit entries this year—if you’ve done any kind of service or outreach project, no matter how large or small, it’s a great year to submit your chapter’s first entry!

We are making two changes to the award program this year:

  • In some regions, entries will be judged by a special committee of TSA alumni, including former state officers and previous Inspiration winners. From each region, one winning Middle School or High School chapter will be chosen to continue to the state-level interview.
  • Chapters who continue to the state level will be invited to submit an optional multimedia component (video or slideshow) for the state conference. To prepare, remember to take photos and video recordings of your chapter’s activities. You might recall Western Wayne High School’s video from last year—the winning chapter’s submission will be presented to all of PA-TSA during the state conference award ceremony.

Your chapter can enter by writing a short essay about the service or outreach activities you’ve done. Essays are submitted electronically in advance of your regional conference. Deadlines and entry criteria are available here.

Please direct any questions to Dan Zollman, Inspiration Award coordinator, at dzollman [at] patsa.org. If you know alumni who would like to join the judging committee, please also refer them to dzollman [at] patsa.org.