Press Release: National Peace Corps Association Opens Nominations for the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award
Washington, DC — January 16th, 2013 — Recognition to honor individual who’s made a significant contribution to the world The National Peace Corps Association, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community, announced today it has opened nominations for the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award. First presented by the association in 2011 on the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, the award is now given annually to an outstanding leader who grew up in a country where Peace Corps Volunteers have served and whose life has been influenced by the Peace Corps.
“We are looking for someone who’s made a significant contribution to the world in a way that reflects the core values of the Peace Corps in terms of service, development, peace, human rights, health advocacy, and embraces a global understanding,’ said Anne Baker, interim president of the National Peace Corps Association. “Host-country nationals who were touched by the Peace Corps can go on to do extraordinary things.”
The award is named in honor of Harris Wofford, former U.S. Senator and special assistant to U.S. President John F. Kennedy, who was instrumental in the formation of the Peace Corps. Nominations are now being accepted through Friday, February 1, 2013. To nominate an individual visit the association’s awards page, complete the form online, and send it along with a nomination letter and supporting materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Where applicable, entrants may submit original materials in a language other than English, but are asked to include an English translation to help facilitate the review process.
The Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award will be presented to the winner at the National Peace Corps Association’s Peace Corps Connect: Boston annual gathering on June 28-29, 2013. In Boston, the winner of the award will deliver the Global Leaders Lecture and will also travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill.
The award is endowed through a generous gift from Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President of Nigeria who is a distinguished businessman and philanthropist.
“We are eager to receive nominations and learn about the work of so many individuals that otherwise might go unnoticed,” added Baker.”The influence of Peace Corps Volunteers goes beyond tangible development projects out in the field. Often it’s the relationships they build while serving that have the most profound impact.”
To nominate an individual for the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award, go to: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/about/awards.
About the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)
Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is the nation’s leading 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization connecting and championing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community. It provides service and education opportunities that build on the Peace Corps experience, and is also the longest-standing advocate for an independent and robust Peace Corps. To learn more, visit: www.peacecorpsconnect.org
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