NPCA Awards

NPCA presents three awards annually at Peace Corps Connect, our annual conference. We accept nominations for each award on a rolling basis.

To nominate a candidate for one of these awards, please submit the short nomination form found below. If you have a candidate recommendation, but not know the candidate personally or do not feel otherwise qualified to nominate them, you may bring the candidate to the attention of the selection committee for consideration by submitting this form.

 

Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award

Learn more about Harris Wofford.

 

The 2019 winner - to be awarded at Peace Corps Connect in Austin, TX on June 22 - is Luis Argueta of Guatemala. Read more.

The Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award is named after the former U.S. Senator and special assistant to U.S. President John F. Kennedy who was instrumental in the formation of the Peace Corps. It is awarded annually to an outstanding global leader who grew up and continues to live in a country where Peace Corps Volunteers serve and whose life was influenced by the Peace Corps.

This award is made possible by a generous gift from Atiku Abubakar, businessman, philanthropist, and former Nigerian Vice President for the Global Leaders Program. Atiku Abubakar was the first recipient of the award, which was presented at the Promise of the Peace Corps Gala in September 2011.

To nominate an individual for the Wofford Award, please download the Wofford Award nomination packet, and submit all nomination materials to woffordaward@peacecorpsconnect.orgAward nominations are accepted year-round; the deadline for consideration for the 2019 award was December 21, 2018. To better understand the selection process and eligibility for the award, please download the frequently asked questions.

 

 

Past Winners

The 2018 award winner was Kul Chandra Gautam of Nepal. Read Kul's acceptance speech and the 2018 announcement of the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award.

See the full list of previous award winners.

 

Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service

 

The Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service is awarded annually by NPCA to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who continue to make a sustained and distinguished contribution to humanitarian causes at home or abroad or are innovative social entrepreneurs who bring about significant long-term change. The award honors the tremendous contributions of the first Peace Corps Director, Sargent Shriver, in founding and developing Peace Corps.

To nominate an individual for the Shriver Award, please download the Shriver Award nomination packet and submit all materials to vp@peacecorpsconnect.orgAward nominations are accepted year-round; the deadline for consideration for the 2019 award is February 28, 2019. To better understand the selection process and eligibility for the award, please review the Rules, Regulations and Review Criteria included in the nomination packet.

 

 

 

Past Winners

The 2018 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service winner was Arlene Golembiewski. Read the 2018 Shriver Award announcement.

See the full list of previous award winners.

 

The Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service

 

The annual Loret Miller Ruppe Award, named after the widely admired 10th Director of the Peace Corps, is presented by NPCA to outstanding affiliate groups for projects that promote the Third Goal of Peace Corps or continue to serve host countries, build group spirit and cooperation, and promote service. Eligible projects include those completed within the past two years or on-going for at least three years. The purpose of the award is to recognize the great work that NPCA’s groups are doing and to generate ideas that other groups may emulate in their communities.

To nominate an affiliate group for the Ruppe Award, please download the Ruppe Award Nomination Packet and submit all materials to groups@peacecorpsconnect.orgThe deadline for consideration for the 2019 award is March 29, 2019.

 

 

 

Past Winners

The winner of the 2018 Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service was Cincinnati Area Returned Volunteers. Read the 2018 Ruppe Award announcement.

See the full list of previous award winners.

 

Other Awards

 

One additional annual award is offered by NPCA's affiliate group Women of Peace Corps Legacy: The Deborah Harding Women of Achievement Award. This award honors a woman or group of women with a Peace Corps connection whose contributions have made a significant difference in the lives of women and girls. 

 

Nominate an exceptional Peace Corps woman for this award.