NPCA 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 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 2017 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award winner was Siotame "Drew" Havea of Tonga.

Drew's acceptance speech is linked here. The announcement of the 2017 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award can be seen here.

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 2018 award was January 31, 2018. To better understand the selection process and eligibility for the award, please download the frequently asked questions.

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 2017 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service was Kelly Callahan.

View her acceptance video here. The announcement of the 2017 Award Winner can be seen here.

Photo credit: The Carter Center

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 2018 award will be April 30th, 2018. 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 2017 Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service was the First Coast Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Group.

To view the group's acceptance speech, click here.

To learn more about what makes this group worthy recipients of this award, please read their blog post here.

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 2018 award will be  May 31st, 2018.

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 in Denver, June 2017. 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 the 2018 award.