NPCA Awards

Awards

NPCA presents three awards annually at Peace Corps Connect, our annual gathering.  We accept nominations for each award on a rolling basis, with final deadlines specified below.

The Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award
The Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service
The Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service

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 2015 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award winner was Berhane Daba of Ethiopia (press release). 

To nominate an individual for the Wofford Award, please download the Wofford Award nomination packet, and both the nominator form and nominee form and submit all nomination materials to woffordaward@peacecorpsconnect.org. The deadline for consideration for the 2016 award was January 31, 2016.  To better understand the selection process and eligibility for the award, please download the frequently asked questions. Click here to download a flyer about the award.

The Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service

The Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service is awarded annually by the National Peace Corps Association 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 will 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.

The winner of the 2015 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service was Ralph Bolton, founder of The Chijnaya Foundation.

To nominate an individual for the Shriver Award, please download the Shriver Award nomination packet and submit all materials to vp@peacecorpsconnect.orgThe deadline for consideration for the 2016 award was April 30, 2016. To better understand the selection process and eligibility for the award, please review the Rules, Regulations and Review Criteria to aid you in compiling your nomination.

The Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service

The annual Loret Miller Ruppe Award — named for 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 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.

The winners of the 2015 Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service were the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison and Friends of Afghanistan.

To nominate an affiliate group for the Ruppe Award, please download the Ruppe Award nomination packet and submit all materials to groups@peacecorpsconnect.org. The deadline for consideration for the 2016 award was May 31, 2016.

Berhane Daba, 2015 winner of the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award, with Sen. Wofford

2015 Sargent Shriver Humanitarian Award winner, Ralph Bolton.

NPCA Affiliate Group Network Coordinator Maricarmen Smith-Martinez presents the 2015 Ruppe Award to (l.) Tony Agnello of Friends of Afghanistan and (r.) Kate Schachter of RPCVs of Wisconsin-Madison