State Leadership Awards

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Annual Awards and Honorees

Edward M. Kennedy National Service Lifetime Leadership Award
For life-long dedication to citizen service and for outstanding leadership in advancing national service as a civic commitment and legislative priority
President Bill Clinton

Citizen Service Award
For investing in the civic health of our nation through support of national service
Craig Middleton, Executive Director, Presidio Trust
Delegate Heather Mizeur of Montgomery County, Maryland

Outstanding National Service Advocacy Award
For outstanding leadership and advocacy of national service as a state and federal priority
Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio
Representative Tom Latham of Iowa

Distinguished Service Award
For prioritizing national service funding and legislation to expand high-quality opportunities for citizens to serve their community and our country
Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland

Outstanding New Member Award
For elevating national service as a first term legislative priority
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida

State Leadership Award
For leadership and innovation in leveraging national service to meet state needs
Sally Ganem, First Lady, State of Nebraska
State Representative Bill White of Joplin, Missouri
State Representative Charlie Davis of Duquesne, Missouri

Local Leadership Award
For leadership and innovation in leveraging national service to meet local needs
Mayor Karl Dean of Nashville, Tennessee
Mayor Mark Stodola of Little Rock, Arkansas
City Manager Mark Rohr of Joplin, Missouri

Service in Media Award
For using journalism to raise awareness of and encourage Americans’ participation in national service
Arianna Huffington

Franklin D. Roosevelt Service and Conservation Corps Leadership Award
For championing the important role of service and conservation corps in modern day America, reflective of the legendary ideals and work accomplished by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Depression Era Civilian Conservation Corps
Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico

On Monday, February 11, First Lady Sally Ganem will be honored for her support for national service at the “Friends of National Service” reception hosted in Washington, DC.

Mrs. Ganem is the recipient of the State Leadership Award, which is awarded to individuals for leadership and innovation in leveraging national service to meet state needs.

Previous winners of the State Leadership Award include Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and Iowa Governor Chet Culver. First Lady Ganem was nominated by ServeNebraska, the Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission and serves as Honorary Chair.

Nebraska First Lady Sally Ganem is a leader and an advocate for national service, aiding those in need both within our borders and nationally. The former principal of Howard Elementary School in Fremont, Sally has a special passion for increasing the quality of life for children and families.

National service addresses critical issues in communities across the country by providing the human capital needed to support education and health care initiatives, coordinate disaster relief and prevention and enable senior independence.

Through this work, national service members deliver as much as $3.00 worth of services for every federal dollar invested, making service and volunteerism a smart investment in an era of limited federal resources.


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