Texas Science Education Leadership Association

Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award (OLISE)

This prestigious award recognizes and honors an NSELA member, who through their professional work, has demonstrated outstanding leadership in science education at the school, district, county, regional, and/or national level.

The award is presented at the NSELA breakfast and member meeting at the annual NSELA Leadership Summit. The award is accompanied by a check for $1,000 and a plaque.

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STAT Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award

Sponsored by Chevron

The Outstanding Leadership In Science Education Award presented by Chevron recognizes outstanding support of science education at the district or state level by a non-teaching administrator in Early Childhood through Grade 12.


  • Up to date STAT membership
  • Support science at the district or state level 
  • Be a non-teaching administrator
  • Support grade schools (any combination of EC-12)
  • Evidence of efforts to advance science education as demonstrated on application form
  • Resume / curriculum vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from a principal, vice principal, area superintendent, colleague, former student or parents of former students
  • Completed nomination form

Past Award Winners

Year STAT Outstanding LeadershipNSELA Outstanding Leadership (Link
2019 Jamie Felmmer (Frisco ISD)  
2018Jason Baughman (Allen ISD) 
2016 Laura Holt  
2015 Sharon Delesbore
2014 No Award  
2013 Jan Wilson (Mesquite ISD)  
2012 Vanessa Westbrook  
2011 Sandra West  
2010 Terry Tally  
2009 Kevin Fisher  Sandra West
2008 Carolyn Schroeder  
2007 Joel Palmer (Mesquite ISD)  
2006 Georgia Beatey  
2005 Bill Neal Kenn Heydrick
2004 Kenn Heydrick  

Vernier Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship (VESELS)

NSELA and Vernier Software and Technology are celebrating their second year sponsoring the Vernier Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship (VESELS). This ongoing partnership supports six $500.00 scholarships for emerging leaders, one from each of the six NSELA Regions, to attend the annual NSELA Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) from July 9 – July 11, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship was founded with support from Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez who started the scholarship fund in 2014. The partners also celebrate the past year’s awardees: Sarah Adumat, Anissa Angier, Alfonso Garcia Arriola, Heather Moll, Amy Murphy, and Joseph Simmons. 

Award Criteria and Application Process:
The following criteria must be met to apply for the scholarship. Does not need to be a member of NSELA prior to the application. When a candidate applies, must become a member of NSELA.
  • Emerging leader role at the school, district, state or informal level for three years or less. The three-year limit is specific to the leadership role and work for which the candidate is being nominated. Previous leadership roles that are very different are not counted in the three years.
  • Submission of an application packet that includes: resume or vita, personal letter with evidence that illustrates emerging leadership, and a support letter from a supervisor.
  • Agree to work with an NSELA mentor through June 2019. During the SLI, all scholarship awardees will have meetings with the mentor and share how they will apply SLI learning to their work settings. After six months, awardees will reflect on how they are applying their SLI experience in the Navigator newsletter and online with other scholarship awardees and the mentor.


If you have questions or would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, contact Nancy Kellogg, Awards Chair.

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