The Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Award

In 2014, the New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation Board of Directors established the Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Award. As our founding President, the award honors her commitment to improving the health of New Hampshire’s children.

The award recognizes a New Hampshire not-for-profit organization, or an individual who works for a non-profit, that demonstrates exemplary and aspirational commitment or innovation toward improving the health of New Hampshire’s children and families.

In recognition of their work, the recipient receives a check in the amount of $2,500*.

Suitable Nominees

Nominees should have advanced best practices in one of the New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation’s priority areas: preventing and reducing childhood trauma; increasing access to children’s health insurance coverage; promoting oral health; promoting healthy eating or active living.

Nominees are not required to be current or past NH Children’s Health Foundation grantees. Nominated organizations must be in good standing with the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

An individual must be nominated by someone other than themselves. Self-nomination by a nonprofit organization is allowable. A nominee not selected for the award in one year may be re-nominated in a subsequent year.

Previous recipients include:

  • Charles Cappetta, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician, Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics, Nashua (2022)
  • Brenda Petelle, Director of Food Service, Franklin School District (2021)
  • Dianne Macon, Volunteer Coordinator of Weekend School Food Program, Goffstown (2020)
  • Jaime Hoebeke, Director of the Manchester Health Department’s Neighborhood Health Division (2018)
  • Helene Mogridge, CEO, Keene Family YMCA (2017)
  • Krystal Alpers, Parks and Recreation Director, Franklin (2016)
  • Tammy Levesque, coordinator of Laconia Health & Wellness Academy, Laconia School District and
  • Roberta Abodeely, school nurse at the Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School, Nashua (2015)

* Awards to individuals are subject to taxes, unless directed to a tax-exempt entity

Award Criteria


  • Has demonstrated exceptional commitment to, and impact on, the health and wellness of children and families
  • Is innovative and creative
  • Serves as a role model to others
  • Is recognized as a leader


  • Is exceptionally committed to improving and enhancing the health and well being of children and families
  • Has a track record of innovation and excellence in program and service delivery to advance improved health and wellness outcomes for children
  • Is an advocate for awareness, understanding and action to meet the needs of children and families
  • Is regarded as a state or community leader in promoting the well being of children.


Submissions should not exceed two pages and should describe:

  1. The nominee’s exemplary and aspirational commitment or innovation toward improving the health of New Hampshire’s children and families
  2. Specifics about the nominee’s record of achievement
  3. A description of the impact the nominee has had on the community.

Include 2 current letters of support that address the contribution the nominee has made and why the nominee is deserving of recognition.

Electronic submission by Friday, February 17, 2023 only to: [email protected].

Note: The strongest nominations provide the review panel with clear and persuasive narratives and letters of support, and include carefully selected and relevant information.


Review and selection of the award recipient will be made by a review panel of the Board of Directors. Nominees will be notified of the results of the review by April 1.