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About the Jefferson Awards

THE SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY JEFFERSON AWARDS

Sponsored by: WBKO Television and Daily News

WHAT ARE THE JEFFERSON AWARDS?

The Jefferson Awards were founded in 1972 to honor the highest ideals and achievements in the field of public service in the United States. This prestigious national honor recognizes individuals throughout the country performing great public service, but largely without recognition. The awards are given by the American Institute for Public Service, which is located in Washington, D.C. 

The national website is www.jeffersonawards.org

WHO SPONSORS THE JEFFERSON AWARDS?

The American Institute for Public Service, Washington, D.C., nationally with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Senator Robert Taft, Jr., as Co-Founders. Today there are 147 media partners participating in 93 communities.

IN HOW MANY CATEGORIES IS THE AWARD GIVEN?

Five, but it is only in the fifth, "Outstanding Public Service Benefiting Local Communities", that the local sponsors become involved. The other four national categories are as follows: "Greatest Public Service Performed by an Elected or Appointed Official", "Greatest Public Service Performed by a Private Citizen", "Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged", and "Greatest Public Service by an Individual Thirty-Five Years or Under".

HOW ARE THE NATIONAL WINNERS SELECTED?

A prestigious Board of Nominators nominates the winners in the four national categories. This Board is comprises of over 200 distinguished individuals from all 50 states. They include governors, mayors, university presidents, corporate leaders, heads of social service organizations, and representatives of other organizations.

In addition, the American Institute's Board of Selectors submit names for consideration. Finalists are selected and winners are voted by ballot by the Institute's Board of Selectors. The Board consists of some 75 of the nation's most distinguished leaders, with a proportionate number from each geographic area of the United States. The members range widely in age, occupation, and point of view, representing the diversity and individualism, which distinguish the American character and tradition. Among those having served on the Board: Hank Aaron, Senators John Heinz and Terry Sanford, Patricia Carbine, Earl Graves, Andrew Wyeth, Winthrop Rockefeller, Roger Horchow, Jack Valenti, Kirk Douglas, and Neil Simon. This Board selects the recipients in the four national categories as well as the five national winners in the fifth category.

HOW CAN I NOMINATE SOMEONE IN THE LOCAL CATEGORY?

By filling out a form provided by either of the local media sponsors (WBKO Television or Daily News), detailing why you think someone performing a significant, but unrecognized, public service should be considered.

IN WHAT AREAS, FOR EXAMPLE?

Such areas include individuals helping senior citizens, children, the disadvantaged, and mentally retarded; or improving education, culture, health care and the environment, expanding recreation, promoting public safety, and so on.

MUST THEY BE VOLUNTEERS?

They can be volunteers, or paid employees. No age limit.

HOW ABOUT ELECTED OFFICIALS?

Elected officials or well-known individuals are NOT eligible due to the fact that they already receive significant recognition.

GEOGRAPHICAL LIMITATIONS?

Anyone in the viewing/circulation area is eligible.

ANY LIMITATIONS IN THE NOMINATION LETTER?

They can be any length up to 300 words. They can be typed or written in longhand. No "points" are given for the style (not an essay contest).

WHERE DO I SEND IT?

Submit it directly online here: http://mediapartner.jeffersonawards.org/nominate/bowling-green/

or

Joanie Davis, Jefferson Awards Coordinator Daily News

P.O. Box 90012, Bowling Green, KY 42102-9012 or jdavis@bgdailynews.com

or

Barbara Powell, Jefferson Awards Coordinator WBKO

2727 Russellville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42102 or barbara.powell@wbko.com

DEADLINE?

February 16, 2016

ENTRY FEE?

None

HOW MANY LOCAL PERSONS WILL BE SELECTED?

Four. This year the Jefferson Awards will choose a young adult, 25 years or younger, as one of our four winners. The purpose is to encourage and recognize community service among young people.

PRIZES:

Each local winner will receive a bronze medallion, which features a replica of the United States on the front and a citation for Outstanding Public Service on the reverse. The Franklin Mint donates the medallions as a public service. Each winner will then be eligible for a national Jefferson Award (a gold medallion or silver) to be awarded in June in the chambers of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. In addition, one winner from each of the media sponsors will also be selected to travel, all expenses paid, to Washington, D.C. to participate in the national ceremony and to attend a dinner.

Past Winners

A listing of previous winners of the Jefferson Award for Public Service in South Central Kentucky.

2015

  • CHRIS CAROTHERS
  • JEFF JORDAN
  • KEVIN KIRBY
  • WILLIAM RUSSELL

2014

  • NOAH ALEXANDER JONES
  • CHRISTINE PORTER COLEMAN
  • DR. ELI JACKSON
  • DR. BHARAT M. MODY

2013

  • PEARL TAYLOR
  • CATHY PALMER
  • CHING-YI LIN
  • IAN MATTHEW HARPER

2012

  • FELICIA BLAND
  • RAY BUCKBERRY
  • CAROLINE FORD
  • MARTHA JENKINS¬†

2011

  • LEE ANN AUSTIN
  • DYLAN BECKHAM
  • IRIS MOORE
  • BARBARA STRICKLER

2010

  • MIKE COLLINS
  • ANNE GRUBBS
  • RILEY MILLER
  • ELAINE SLAMANS

2009

  • MARTHA HAYNES
  • HILDA SARVER
  • COL. ROBERT SPILLER
  • CORA JANE SPILLER

2008

  • ERSA WHITLOW AUSTIN
  • JOAN KEOWN
  • JEFF REED
  • JAMES J. REED

2007

  • PHILLIP AARON
  • JACK EVERSOLE
  • ALTON LITTLE
  • HARRY ROBE

2006

  • DONALD C. BUTLER
  • JIM JOHNSON
  • CLARICE SCARBOROUGH
  • JEAN WUCETICH

2005

  • JOHN WESLEY GRIMES
  • KATHERINE MCCUTCHEN
  • EVELYN PAGE
  • KAREN ROHRER

2004

  • DOROTHY BAILEY
  • JONATHAN DAVID JEFFREY
  • ROMANZA JOHNSON
  • DWIGHT TRABUE

2003

  • LEE ALCOTT
  • NORMA LUKE
  • JULIE ANN CARR PETERSON
  • ALICE GATEWOOD WADDELL

2002

  • JAMES BRITT
  • FRANK MOXLEY
  • KAREN SINGLETON
  • DON VITALE

2001

  • GENE IGLEHART
  • JOHN MATHENEY
  • JULIE FAUGHT WADE
  • ABRAHAM WILLIAMS

2000

  • LARRY BRATCHER
  • WHIT CRAWFORD
  • REGINA NEWELL
  • GENE HUNT VAUGHN

1999

  • LAVINA GATEWOOD
  • BOB KIRBY
  • BECKY KIEFFER LOWE
  • DON SMITH

1998

  • LUCILLE BROOKS
  • JESSIKA JUDD
  • RUTH MORGAN
  • DON RAY

1997

  • MARGUERITE DEWEESE
  • AMY KLEIN
  • ANNIE LINK
  • DR. REGIS O'CONNOR

1996

  • MARY ALICE BLACK
  • FAYE CARRIGAN
  • RONALD L. COX
  • JEANNE ROBERTSON

1995

  • ELOISE HADDEN
  • JOHN THOMAS HUFFMAN
  • JO ANN VERNER
  • LEONARD SAYLOR

1994

  • FRANK A. LAMANNA, III
  • MARY HELEN KENNEY
  • SHIRLEY BOYLES
  • MARY GATEWOOD CULVER

1993

  • JACK FROST
  • EDITH MATTHEWS
  • MARTHA ANN DEPUTY
  • LEMUEL B. PALMER, III

1992

  • DOROTHY BELCHER
  • EUTHA & HAROLD CLARK
  • BARRET LESSENBERRY
  • EMMA WHITNEY

1991

  • FRANK OWEN BROCKMAN
  • RICHARD DEYE
  • JOYCE WILDER
  • GWENDOLYN DOWNS

1990

  • JOHN BUEL EDMONDS
  • ALICE KUMMER
  • M. HELEN TURNER
  • OLIVIA WARREN

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