Nominate Someone For a National Jefferson Award

Each year, we honor the most outstanding achievements in public service at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremonies. Alongside the 55,000 local “unsung heroes,” we have also honored hundreds of prominent national figures including Walter Cronkite, Paul Newman, Steve Jobs, Elie Wiesel, Peyton Manning and Michael Bloomberg. We celebrate their service in order to amplify their solutions for others to apply in their own communities. We award national winners in 9 different categories:

U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official:An official who serves or has served on any level or capacity of city, state or federal government in the executive, judiciary or legislative branches.
S. Roger Horchow Award Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen:Any private individual, paid or unpaid, who is involved and invested in service and who has had meaningful impact in their area of work.
Greatest Public Service Benefiting The Disadvantaged:Any private individual, paid or unpaid, who is involved and invested in service and who has had meaningful impact in their area of work.
Samuel S. Beard Award for the Greatest Public Service by an Individual Thirty-Five Years or Under:An individual who has exhibited passion and dedication to public service and has demonstrated material impact.
Greatest Public Service by an Athlete:A current or former professional athlete, or individual dedicated to the field of athletics committed to public service and has demonstrated material impact.
Greatest Public Service by an Entrepreneur:An individual who illustrates an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit in their commitment to service.
Lifetime Achievement in Public Service:An individual who has dedicated their life to public service and who embodies core principals of social justice. Their efforts must demonstrate immeasurable impact in their area(s) of focus.
Outstanding National or Global Service by a Young American Twenty-Five Years or Under:An individual who at a young age has committed to being the change they want to see in their world. Young people who receive this award exhibit vision and vow to continue their service efforts.
Outstanding Service by a Corporation: A corporation that is committed to public service and has demonstrated outstanding impact, illustrating an innovative spirit in their commitment to service.

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