National Awards for State Chapters

Deadline Extended! Applications for 2021 awards are due by April 19, 2021

State chapter awards are presented annually. All winners receive a commemorative plaque and coverage in the American String Teacher journal. Please note that states are not eligible for the same award in two consecutive years (e.g., the chapter that won Best Website Award 2020 is ineligible for the Best Website Award 2021, but could win Most Improved Chapter 2021 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 (2) newsletters to the ASTA national office at the address below. Submit electronic newsletters to Send submissions to the attention of "Best Chapter Newsletter Award."

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

Outstanding Chapter Award

Nominate your chapter for the Outstanding State Chapter Award by submitting a written statement to with the subject line "Outstanding Chapter Award." Explain why your chapter deserves the award; this might include events you hosted, increased participation at chapter events, significant financial grants distributed, etc.

Chapter Leadership Award

To nominate a current (2020-2022) or previous (2018-2020) chapter board member who has demonstrated exemplary service for your state, submit your nomination via email to with the subject line "State Chapter Leadership Award" 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." (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.)

The deadline for 2021 award applications is April 19, 2021. A committee will review all submissions.

2020 Winners

  • Chapter Leadership Award: Alison Bazala-Kim, Maryland/DC
  • Best Newsletter: Illinois
  • Best Website: Colorado
  • Membership Recruitment: Florida
  • Outstanding Chapter: North Carolina
  • Most Improved Chapter: Colorado

2019 Winners

  • Chapter Leadership Award: Christina Givan, Kentucky
  • Best Newsletter: South Carolina
  • Best Website: Maryland/DC
  • Membership Recruitment: Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming
  • Outstanding Chapter: Maryland/DC

2018 Winners

  • Best Newsletter:  Maryland/DC
  • Best Website:  New York
  • Membership Recruitment:  Mississippi and Texas
  • Most Improved Chapter: North Carolina