The Starr Awards are given each year to Academies of Nashville locations to fund academy-related projects.


The Starr Awards are named for Starr Herrman who was instrumental in the development of the Academies of Nashville.

For the 2019-20 school year, Nashville Hub will accept applications for fall projects and spring projects. Each high school academy coach will inform their teachers, counselors, and staff about this opportunity and the deadlines for submissions.  Once submitted, a panel of judges will review and select the top applications for funding.  All applications will be considered.  Projects that are tied to needs or improvements outlined in the submitting academy’s annual review will be given highest priority. Bonus points will be awarded to projects incorporating literacy and/or student culture.

Award amounts will range from $750 to $2,500.  Fall projects should propose to commence November 1, 2019, or later.  Spring projects should propose to commence March 1, 2020, or later.  All project products/services required will be procured through approved Metro Nashville Public Schools’ vendors only.  All funds awarded must be utilized by April 30, 2020.  A celebration event will be held in May of 2020 to honor all Starr Award recipients and their projects.

The Nashville Hub funds these awards with net proceeds earned from Academies of Nashville Study Visits. 

Timeline for the 2019-2020 award process:

Click HERE to view the 2019-2020 Starr Awards Scoring Rubric

  • September 1, 2019

    Open for fall submissions

  • October 1, 2019

    Deadline for fall submissions

  • October 8, 2019

    Fall awardees announced

  • January 10, 2020

    Open for spring submissions

  • January 31, 2020 @ 5pm!

    Deadline for spring submissions

  • February 10, 2020

    Spring awardees announced