Starr Herrman-website photoThe Starr Awards are given each year to individual academies in MNPS high schools to conduct projects that support the five characteristics of an MNPS graduate.  The Starr Awards are named for Starr Herrman who was instrumental in the development of the Academies of Nashville.

Each high school academy coach will inform their teachers, counselors, and staff of the application process.  Once submitted, a diverse panel of judges will review and select the top applications for funding.  Awards will range from $750 to $2,500. Applications for funding for 2016-2017 are closed, and the winners have been announced. The next round of applications will be announced in the fall.

Applicants whose submissions are selected for funding were honored and celebrated at the Starr Award Luncheon on October 17th,2016.  Additionally, award recipients will submit an evaluation form about the outcome of their funded projects on April 17, 2017.

Starr Awards are funded by the Nashville Hub with net proceeds earned from Academies Study Visits conducted several times per year. Since 2013, the Nashville Hub has awarded more than $139,433 to Academies to support student-centered activities.

The current timeline for the 2016-2017 award process can be found here:


  • Connector.

    August 16, 2016

    Application is released

  • Connector.

    September 16, 2016

    Application due

  • Connector.

    October 5, 2016

    Winners announced

  • Connector.

    October 17, 2016

    Starr Award Luncheon

  • Connector.

    April 17, 2017

    Evaluation reports due

2016-2017 Application