NPCA presents its awards biennially and/or in major Peace Corps anniversary years.
The Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award
The National Peace Corps Association’s Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award is named for 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. (Learn more about Harris Wofford here.) It is given annually to an outstanding global leader who grew up and continues to live in a country where Peace Corps Volunteers served and whose life was influenced by the Peace Corps.
This award is made possible by a generous lead gift from Atiku Abubakar, businessman, philanthropist and former Nigerian Vice President, for the Global Leaders Program. Abubakar was the first recipient of the Award, which was presented at the Promise of the Peace Corps Gala in September 2011.
The 2013 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award Winner is Dr. Mohamud Sheikh Nurein Said of Kenya.
Nominations are closed for the 2014 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award. To nominate for a future award, please download the nomination instructions and the nomination form and submit all nomination materials to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31 for consideration for the following year’s award.
The Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service
The Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service is awarded by the National Peace Corps Association to a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who continues to make a sustained and distinguished contribution to humanitarian causes at home or abroad or is an innovative social entrepreneur whose actions will bring about significant long-term change. The award was named to recognize the tremendous contributions of the first Peace Corps Director, Sargent Shriver, in the founding and development of the Peace Corps.
The Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service
The Ruppe Award is presented by the NPCA to an outstanding member group for a project or 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 will have been completed within the past two years or have been on-going for at least three years. The purpose of the award is not only to recognize the great work that NPCA’s groups are doing, but also to generate ideas that other groups may emulate in their communities.