The SENIA Student Award honors a student, adult or group that celebrates the achievements of people with disabilities; encourages awareness of the abilities and aspirations of people with disabilities; and advocates on behalf of exceptional people in the world.
Who May Submit Nominations?
Nominations may be made by:
Related service providers
Award Selection Criteria
The SENIA Student Award Review Committee, which is made up of SENIA members, will select one winner who fulfills the SENIA mission statement:
Raising awareness of special needs
Advocating for special needs
Effort in raising awareness and advocacy
Impact on the local, national and international community
Submit nominations digitally via the nomination form.
Submit all documentation together and in English.
One nominator to submit documentation (does not need to be a SENIA member)
Double check the spelling of the nominee’s name
Submit a nominee’s photo.
Submit two letters of recommendation
The student must answer one of the following questions (select any medium):
What inspires or motivates you to advocate for yourself and/or your peers with special education needs?
What do you hope to achieve by advocating for yourself and/or your peers with special education needs?
Attend a special awards ceremony and celebration at the SENIA International Conference.
Receive accommodations for award winner and chaperone during face to face conferences
Receive a plaque honoring the award winner.
Receive a financial scholarship of $1500 USD
Present a short presentation (10 minutes) at the SENIA conference sharing your inspirational story of awareness and advocacy for special needs.
Be featured on SENIA’s website, newsletter and social media platforms.
Candidates must be 2–21 years of age when they are nominated.