NPCA Awards

NPCA presents three awards annually at Peace Corps Connect, our annual gathering. 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 by the deadline as indicated. (Please note: nomination materials will be updated on this site shortly.)

However, if you have a candidate to recommend, but may not personally know the candidate or do not otherwise feel qualified to nominate them, you may bring the candidate to the attention of the selection committee for consideration by submitting this recommendation form.

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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.) 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 2018 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award winner was Kul Chandra Gautam of Nepal.

Read Kul's acceptance speech and the announcement of the 2018 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award.

We encourage you to read about our previous award winners.

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

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 2018 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service was Arlene Golembiewski.

Read the announcement of the 2018 Shriver Award.

Please see our previous award winners.

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

Read the announcement of the 2018 Ruppe Award.

Please read about previous award winners.

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.

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, also presented at Peace Corps Connect. 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 in the world. Nominate an exceptional Peace Corps woman for this award.