Awards, Scholarships and Grants

The National Organization for Human Services annually considers member nominees for eight awards/scholarships. The Professional Development Committee takes nominations until May 1 of each year, and decisions are made by June 15. The awards and scholarships are announced at the annual national conference. Individuals and organizations may nominate themselves or be nominated by others. It is possible that not all awards will be given annually if the committee determines that there are no nominees who meet the criteria for particular awards.

In addition to the awards and scholarships listed below, NOHS has partnered with the University of Phoenix on a scholarship. Information on this award can be found here.

Members can click on the links below to find out specific information on the awards/scholarships that we offer. Members must be logged in to view this information. 

David C. Maloney Scholarship
This scholarship is focused on high academic achievement and is presented to a student who is currently enrolled in a human service program. The words “human service” or” human services” must be in the program title as the term is not used to include programs in other related disciplines. The degree sought may be at the associates, bachelor’s or master’s level. Special consideration is given to applicants with special needs or minority status. One scholarship is awarded to one student each year as long as the criteria are met.

Harold McPheeters Scholarship
This service-focused scholarship honors Dr. Harold McPheeters and his contributions to the human service profession. Dr. McPheeters is considered by many to be the founder of human service education in the United States. The applicant is expected to demonstrate successful work in human services where they have been acknowledged by others to be respectful of and dedicated to client as well as possessing interpersonal skills that are evident with colleagues in the workplace. Volunteer, part-time or full-time work will be considered.

Howard Harris Professional Development Award
The National Organization for Human Services honors Howard Harris' contributions to the field of human services. This award is bestowed upon a member of NOHS who demonstrates promise in the area of research and scholarship. Nominees/applicants are typically in an academic setting and must be in within the first five years of their careers.

Lenore McNeer Award
This award is presented to a member of NOHS or a person who has made a distinctive contribution to the field of human services as a practitioner or as an educator.

Miriam Clubok Award
This award is presented to a member of NOHS who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in support of NOHS's mission, goals and objectives.

Outstanding Contribution by an Organization
This award is presented to an organization, agency, or company that has shown outstanding support for NOHS’ mission and goals. The organization may be a nonprofit community agency; a faculty run project that has nonprofit status; a student- run club sanctioned by a university; or a for-profit company. Examples of support for NOHS include: a company that provide funding for student travel to a conference; the promotion of NOHS as local events; membership drives for NOHS among human service professionals in the local community; sponsorship of NOHS regional events. Keep in mind these efforts should produce a record of accomplishments across time. One-time events resulting in unusual accomplishments will be considered.

Outstanding Human Services Student Award
This award is presented to a student member of NOHS who has demonstrated a significant contribution to the field of human services during the time degree completion. The student should be nominated by a person in a professional capacity (i.e., college/university faculty or employee of social service organization).

Research Grant
The research grant is a mini-grant that can be used to fund start-up projects, demonstration projects or the first phase of a larger project using a $500 award. The focus of the award can be on a variety of topics in both the practice and academic settings in human services. The recipient must show accountability for the funding by submitting receipts or other documentation within one year of receiving the award check from NOHS. If the funding is not used within one year, it must be returned to NOHS. In addition, the recipient must produce a manuscript for a professional journal OR an article for The Link OR make a presentation at a NOHS regional or national conference within 24 months after receiving the check.

To become a member of NOHS please click here. Please note that you must be a current member in order to be considered for most of these awards.

To view the Rubrics used in evaluating applications, please click here.

Application materials must be submitted by May 1 to be considered. All application materials should be submitted electronically to Dr. Tammi Milliken at scholar@nationalhumanservices.org with the exception of the transcripts which should be mailed to:

    Dr. Tammi Milliken 
    Counseling and Human Services 
    Darden School of Education
    Old Dominion University 
    Norfolk, VA 23529

Please contact admin@nationalhumanservices.org if you have any questions.