Since 1972, the Jefferson Awards Foundation has recognized national leaders and local heroes for their outstanding contributions to our country. Nationally, the Jefferson Award is the country’s highest honor for service and volunteerism, and our honorees – individuals including Barbara Bush, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill and Melinda Gates – make up a storied group of American heroes whose dedication to service has inspired others to lead.
Our goal in South Carolina is to cultivate the next generation of leaders across the state. With that goal in mind, we are currently accepting nominations for our first class of ChangeMakers – 10 individuals under 40 who have demonstrated a commitment to service and the potential to truly move South Carolina forward.
The inaugural ChangeMakers class will kick off in January 2018 with a reception and networking event for our 10 honorees and their guests. Throughout the spring, these ChangeMakers will participate in networking, volunteering, fundraising, and other community activities, both individually and as a cohort, to raise awareness of the Jefferson Awards Foundation’s mission and inspire other rising leaders to do their part.
The ChangeMakers program will culminate in May 2018 with a celebration event, recognizing each of our 10 honorees with a Jefferson Award and celebrating all they have accomplished to make a difference in the Upstate.
Please click here to nominate a 2018 ChangeMaker. Thank you!
For the past 45 years, the Jefferson Awards Foundation has celebrated grassroots unsung heroes alongside national leaders in service. Our 2017 yearbook recognizes this year’s Jefferson Award winners who were selected to attend the 45th Jefferson Awards National Ceremony in Washington, D.C.