Student Heroes

The Student Heroes program recognizes Texas public school students in prekindergarten through high school who do outstanding things to benefit their fellow public school students. One student per State Board of Education (SBOE) district is recognized for this annual honor.

Nomination Guidelines:

The program recognizes outstanding Texas public school students in prekindergarten through high school who assist other students. The service must be provided voluntarily and not through a school or community required program.

  • Students must be enrolled in a Texas public school.
  • The service/assistance or good deed must be voluntary and not part of any curriculum, graduation requirements or class or community project.
  • The service/assistance or good deed must impact other students, either individually or as a whole.
  • The benefit/impact may be to students of one campus or district or a community.

A certificate of recognition will be awarded to the Student Hero by his or her SBOE representative at a local school assembly, an organization meeting or in a classroom. Exact date, time and location of the presentation will be determined by the local school district/campus in coordination with the SBOE member. The awards are expected to be made in May. Up to 15 students -  one per board district - may be recognized. 

Who may do the nominating?

While nominations are limited to Texas public school students, the nominations may be submitted by anyone – such as school personnel, other students, and community members.

What are the steps for making a nomination?

Fill out the Student Heroes nomination form (PDF, 401 KB) and send to TEA. Be sure the nomination form includes all pertinent facts about the nominee, the nominee's permission to be nominated and have his or her information shared publicly (parent or guardian signature will be required for nominees under the age of 18), and an essay from the nominator about the nominee and what the student did to assist other Texas public school students.

This is an Adobe PDF form that may be digitally filled out with a current version of Acrobat Reader.
Once the electronic form is completed, please either print and mail or email the completed form to Please print a copy of the form for your record as submitted forms will not be returned.

Other Guidelines

  • The nomination form (PDF, 401 KB) should be typed or computer printed. It should not be handwritten.
  • Be sure to carefully read and follow the instructions on each part of the nomination form.
  • Determine which State Board of Education district the nominee lives in, and write the district number in the space provided on the form. To determine the State Board districts, go to: Who Represents Me, (outside source) and under “Find Your Incumbent,” click on “By Address,” then type in the home address of the student nominee and find the State Board member's district number.
  • Make sure the nomination form is completely filled out and includes all signatures and the essay.
  • If the nomination form is incomplete, it will not be reviewed.
  • Be sure to keep a copy of the nomination form, submitted forms will not be returned.

Student Heroes Awards - Past Recipients

2015 Student Heroes - Press Release
The State Board of Education honored the 2015 Student Heroes with a resolution (PDF, 61 KB) at the July 17, 2015 meeting.