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We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015 Excellence in Summer Learning Awards. Sign up for our Summer Times e-bulletin to be notified when the 2016 application is available.

out The Excellence in Summer Learning Award and The Founder’s Award

Both the Excellence in Summer Learning Award and The Founder’s Award recognize outstanding summer programs or models that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young people between pre-kindergarten and twelfth grade.

The awards are given annually based on an application process that elicits information on a program’s history, mission, goals, operations, management, staff development, partnerships, results, and sustainability.

Programs are measured against the National Summer Learning Association's (NSLA) Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs (CASP). Applicants are reviewed by NSLA staff in addition to peer organizations in the field. Site visits are conducted to a select group of finalists to observe program activities before announcing the awards.


The Excellence in Summer Learning Award
Summer learning programs can apply to this award if they are a traditional model that is site and enrollment-based. Additional eligibility requirements are explained during the application process.

The Founder’s Award
Programs or summer learning models can apply to this award if they operate as a drop-in site or plug-in program used by summer learning programs or are summer-focused. Also eligible are wrap-around programs that do not partner with a traditional site or enrollment-based summer program, but provide learning or enrichment opportunities during the summer.

Programs that can apply for The Founder’s Award include:

  • Drop-In Programs (any program or offering that is site-based, but does not officially enroll young people)
  • Wrap-Around Programs (a program that provides services for young people to fill the gap of other programs, but does not specifically operate in partnership with any one other program)
  • Not Site-Specific Programs (remote or plug-in programs, i.e., digital badging or any program not based at any one specific site that summer programs may use or any child may log-in to use independently)
  • Other Non-Enrollment Based Programs

NSLA also seeks applicants with programs that focus on one or more of these areas:

  • STEM and STEAM (includes digital media)
  • College Readiness
  • Targeting key transition periods (elementary to middle school, middle to high school, high school to college)
  • English Language Learners (ELL)
  • Early Literacy
  • Serving boys or young men of color
  • Workforce Development/Career Readiness

Contact Dara Murray, Manager of Program Quality and Evaluation at Dara [at] or at (410) 856-1370 ext. 202 for more information.



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