ATPE Sam Houston Award for Political Involvement
Prior year award recipients
The Sam Houston Award for Political Involvement is designed to recognize individual members’
outstanding achievements in five major areas and for overall excellence in the growth and
development of individual grassroots involvement
(regardless of local unit size).
One recipient will be presented with a special gift and a stipend (up to $500) to attend ATPE’s
Lobby Day or another political involvement event.
Criteria and guidelines
Award applicants are judged on their individual efforts in one or more of the following areas.
Local school district policy involvement—Activities may include attending school board meetings
or serving on campus-
and/or district-wide committees.
Legislative advocacy involvement—Activities might include personal letter
writing or phone calls, attending Lobby Day or an ATPE political involvement training seminar, and
meeting with your legislators.
Election involvement—Activities may include local school board and legislative election
involvement such as working in a candidate’s campaign, attending a candidate’s fundraiser or
attending a precinct convention.
ATPE-PAC fundraising—Judges will look at organized fundraising and individual
donations to ATPE’s political action
ATPE Legislative Alert Network
involvement—Judges will consider
membership in the ATPE Legislative Alert Network (LAN) and LAN recruitment.
The ATPE Political Action Committee
will review all applications and select
up to three finalists. The recipient will be recognized at the 2013 ATPE Summit.
The recipient of the Sam Houston Award for Political Involvement is ineligible to apply for the
award the following year.
- Entries must be postmarked by March 4, 2013, if mailed, or received by midnight on the same date
- Finalists will be notified in May so they can make travel arrangements for the Summit.
- The award will be presented during the 2013 ATPE Summit in Austin.
- Funding for travel, food and housing must be arranged through the local unit.
Application Form (PDF file)