This article presents an overview of the history, background, and content of the 13 winning papers from the NAPA Student Achievement Awards from 2001–05. The award, begun in 2001, has expanded from one to three prizes that include monetary remuneration, an award at the AAA meetings, and publication. NAPA began the award to support and encourage students to undertake applied and practicing anthropology projects. We discuss the evolution of the award, how NAPA members are involved, and present conclusions about the paper topics and .ndings. Papers can be thought of as illustrative of solid examples of practicing and applied work, regardless of the fact that they were written when the authors were students.