National Awards for State Chapters

Please check back Summer 2017 for next year's deadlines! 


As always, the president of ASTA will present state chapter awards at the 2017 ASTA National Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, March 1-4, during the Wednesday State Leadership Workshop. All winners will receive a handsome plaque and coverage in the American String Teacher journal. Please note that states are not eligible for the same award in two consecutive years (i.e., the chapter that won Best Website Award 2016 is ineligible for the Best Website Award 2017--but could win Most Improved Chapter 2017 or any other award).

Membership Recruitment Award
Determined by the net gain of members for the previous calendar year. (No application required.)

Best Newsletter Award
Submit three (3) copies of your last two newsletters to the national office(address below) to be considered.

Most Improved Chapter Award
Submit a list of at least three (3) reasons why your chapter should be considered for this award. Criteria could include, but is not limited to:
  1. Recruitment of new members
  2. Newly created board positions
  3. New activities
  4. New website or re-establishment of newsletter
  5. New student chapters

Outstanding Chapter Award

Nominate your chapter for the Outstanding State Chapter Award by submitting a written statement to the National Office explaining why your chapter is most deserving. This might include highlighting events you hosted, increased participation at chapter events, significant financial grants distributed, etc..

State Chapter Leader Award

To nominate a current (2014-2016) or previous (2012-2014) board member who has demonstrated exemplary service for your state, submit your nomination via email to with the subject line "State Chapter Leader Award Submission" and at least a one-paragraph description of why your nominee deserves the award.

Best Website Award
Send your chapter website’s URL to with the subject line "Best Website Award Submission." (Don’t have a website? Consider offering a membership to a student ASTA member in exchange for his or her web design skills. Your treasury may be used to finance the student membership! You also might try offering free advertising space on your site to a company that will design/maintain/host your chapter website.)

Send all information to the national office, postmarked no later than October 30, 2016.  Materials may be sent to the ASTA National Office at 4155 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. A committee will review all information, and awards will be presented at the State Leadership Workshop during the 2017 ASTA National Conference in Pittsburgh. 

Last year's (2016) winners included:
  • Best Newsletter:  Maryland/D.C.
  • Best Website:  Indiana
  • Membership Recruitment:  Wyoming
  • Most Improved Chapter:  Washington
  • Outstanding Chapter:  New Jersey