National Awards for State Chapters

Apply by January 18, 2019

As always, the president of ASTA will present state chapter awards at the ASTA National Conference 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 2018 is ineligible for the Best Website Award 2019 - but could win Most Improved Chapter 2019 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
Send submissions to

Outstanding Chapter Award

Nominate your chapter for the Outstanding State Chapter Award by submitting a written statement to the national office at, 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 (2016-2018) or previous (2014-2016) 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.)

Materials may be sent to the ASTA National Office at 4155 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030, or via email to The deadline for 2019 award applications is January 18, 2019. A committee will review all information, and awards will be presented at the State Leadership Workshop during the ASTA National Conference.

2018 winners include:

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

2017 winners include:

  • Best Newsletter:  Minnesota
  • Best Website:  Michigan

2016 winners include:

  • Best Newsletter:  Maryland/Washington DC
  • Best Website:  Indiana
  • Membership Recruitment:  Wyoming
  • Most Improved Chapter:  Washington
  • Outstanding Chapter:  New Jersey