Nomination criteria:

  • The 2021 Billy Michal Leadership award and Leadership Forum will be hosted Virtually. 
  • Nominees currently must be in grades 8–12.
  • Only individual students can be nominated, not groups.
  • Students may be in public, private, parochial, or home school in the United States.
  • Nominations must be submitted through the Billy Michal Student Leadership Award webpage by February 15, 2021
  • Awardees will be selected based on their demonstrated commitment to making a positive contribution to their school, community, country, and/or the world.
  • Only fully completed nominations will be eligible for consideration.

 Awardees will be notified by March 8, 2021 and asked to sign and return a letter of commitment, information forms, and media release by March 19, 2020

  • Awardees will be invited to virtually participate in the Billy Michal Student Leadership Week.  

Scholarships are available for High School students.
*All scholarships are non-credit. However, students may select college credit options through Nicholls State University for an additional fee. 

*Scholarships may not include travel to New Orleans. 


Normandy Academy is a 12 day high school and college study abroad travel program that challenges students to learn from the choices made before and during the historic D-Day landings in June, 1944.
Starting in New Orleans at The National WWII Museum, students tour the Museum's immersive exhibits and get a behind-the-scenes view of the weapons, gear, and materials used in Normandy. In New Orleans, students begin group discussions on course readings and learn about the difficult 'decision to go' the allies faced.
Following the New Orleans experience, continue to Normandy for the most immersive and in-depth tour designed for students. Visit private chateaus used as Nazi headquarters; walk on all five landing beaches, and visit museums and battlefields across the Normandy region.

Scholarships are available for College students.
*All scholarships are non-credit. However, students may select college credit options through Nicholls State University for an additional fee. 

*Scholarships may not cover travel to New Orleans


Normandy Academy is a 12 day high school and college study abroad travel program that challenges students to learn from the choices made before and during the historic D-Day landings in June, 1944.
Starting in New Orleans at The National WWII Museum, students tour the Museum's immersive exhibits and get a behind-the-scenes view of the weapons, gear, and materials used in Normandy. In New Orleans, students begin group discussions on course readings and learn about the difficult 'decision to go' the allies faced.
Following the New Orleans experience, continue to Normandy for the most immersive and in-depth tour designed for students. Visit private chateaus used as Nazi headquarters; walk on all five landing beaches, and visit museums and battlefields across the Normandy region. 

The National WWII Museum