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Governor's Service Awards

The Kentucky Governor's Service Awards program offers a rare glimpse into the lives and achievements of Kentuckians who serve without expectation of compensation, recognition or commendation.

The Governor's Office launched the program in 1975. Since 1995, the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service has managed the awards program. It’s been our distinct privilege over the years to recognize a few of the thousands whose volunteer service contributes immeasurably to a better Kentucky.

23rd Annual Governor's Service Awards

The Governor’s Service Awards program is administered by KCCVS in partnership with the Office of the Governor to highlight the importance of volunteer and national service across the commonwealth.

Nominate an outstanding volunteer, group or business in Kentucky today. Nominations are due Jan. 22, 2018. Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Volunteer Service
  • Group Service
  • Business Service
  • National Service
  • Lifetime Achievement

Nomination Form and Criteria

Online Nomination Form

Nomination Scoring Form

Nomination Guidelines and General Information

  • Individuals and groups may be nominated in only one category. Self nominations are accepted.
  • Volunteer service must have been performed in Kentucky, serving primarily Kentuckians. Members and staff of the KCCVS and the awards committee are not eligible to be nominated.
  • Nominators will be notified of the results of their nominee(s). Winning nominators will be notified by phone by Feb. 1, 2018. All other nominators will be notified by mail by Feb. 15, 2018.
  • If your nominee is selected for an award, you will be required to submit a photo of your nominee. Additional information about your nominee also may be requested for media inquiries, awards ceremony, etc. Information from nominations may be released to the media and elected officials.
  • The awards ceremony for winners will be held in Frankfort March 2018.
  • Questions should be directed to Emily Clark at (502) 564-7420, ext. 3903 or (502) 514-3399.
22nd Annual Governor's Service Awards

Press Release: Gov. Bevin, Lt. Gov. Hampton, and Sec. Glisson Honor State’s Volunteers. Check out photos on Facebook.

Group Awards

  • Citi Bank – Florence/Boone County: Nominated by Lauren Palmer
  • Hope House – Bowling Green/Warren County: Nominated by Kevin Mays
  • Northeast Christian Church – Louisville/Jefferson County: Nominated by Laura Ryan
  • Toward A Sustainable Kentucky (TASK) VISTA AmeriCorps Program – Statewide: Nominated by Kristen Hedgebeth

Student Awards

  • Rebecca Dever – Louisville/Jefferson County: Nominated by Laura Ryan
  • Salma Geneidy – Lexington/Fayette County: Nominated by Kerby Gilstrap
  • Sarah Haney – Louisville/Jefferson County: Nominated by Alex Muckler
  • Virginia Ginny Reams – Louisville/Jefferson County: Nominated by Kayla Payne

Individual Awards

  • Lauren Gabbard – Highland Heights/Campbell County: Nominated by Paige Molina
  • Mitch Haralson – Covington/Kenton County: Nominated by Regina Owens
  • Amanda Jackson – Ashland/Boyd County: Nominated by Caitlin Szabo
  • Lauren Kinser – Somerset/Pulaski County: Nominated by Paige Molina
  • Nigel Masamvu – Florence/Boone County: Nominated by Lauren Palmer
  • Harold McDaniel – Cox’s Creek/Nelson County: Nominated by Jon Auslander-Price
  • Alison Ali Miller – Louisville/Jefferson County: Nominated by Nikkey Blackman
  • Randall Richardson – Louisville/Jefferson County: Nominated by Nicole Smith
  • Kendall Ross – Louisville/Jefferson County: Nominated by Nicole Smith
  • Chris Schimmoeller – Frankfort/Franklin County: Nominated by Brent Sweger
  • Peggy Schutzman – Walton/Boone County: Nominated by Lauren Palmer

Exemplary KCCVS Commissioners and Program Directors

  • Aaron Anderkin – Lexington/Fayette County: Commissioner from 2006-2014, Chair from 2009-2011
  • Sue Brammer – Maysville/Mason County: Commissioner from 2010-2016, Program Committee member, current grant reviewer
  • Ronnie Dunn – Frankfort/Franklin County: Commissioner from 2011-2015, Program Committee Member, current grant reviewer
  • Janet Gates – Frankfort/Franklin County: Commissioner from 2008-2015, Vice Chair, Program Committee member, current grant reviewer
  • Jamine Hamner – Lexington/Fayette County: Commissioner from 2008-2016, Program Committee member, current Grant Reviewer
  • Mary Sue Hubbard – Murray/Calloway County: Commissioner from 2010-2016, former Governor Awards Committee Chair
  • Betty Martin – Frankfort/Franklin County: Commissioner from 2008-2014, Program Committee member
  • Jana Sturm – Frankfort/Franklin County: Commissioner from 1999-2013
  • Eugene Newsome - Pikeville/Pike County: UNITE Service Corps Program Director from 2007-2015
Award Categories and Criteria

Volunteer Service Award

Classifications: Youth, Adult, Senior, Veteran

Recognizes individuals who have met a community need in an innovative and/or effective manner. Nominees may have made an impact through changed lives and/or community conditions as a result of service efforts. Nominees should demonstrate an ethic of service, compassion and/or and a nature to inspire others to serve.

Business Service Award

Classifications: Small, Mid-size, Large, Entrepreneur/Partnership, Enterprise/Corporation

Recognizes businesses that have made an impact through innovation, volunteer hours, number of volunteers, monetary support, etc. It may recognize ongoing community involvement and/ or the historical record of supporting volunteerism through policies and practices.

Group Service Award

Classifications: Nonprofit, Faith-based, General

Recognizes nonprofits, faith-based and/or general groups that demonstrate significant volunteer outreach and efforts to positively impact their community. It may recognize successful collaborations and/or management of an exceptional volunteer program.

National Service Award

Classifications: Individual, Program, Alumni

Recognizes an individual member and/or group of members of a national service program (AmeriCorps State/National; AmeriCorps VISTA, NCCC; or Senior Corps FGP, SCP, RSVP) who have demonstrated service beyond standard expectations of the designated program, an extraordinary example of the National Service spirit. It may recognize an alumni whose commitment to embody service beyond their service term continues to bring about positive community change.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Classifications: Active, Posthumous

Recognizes a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and community service at a variety of levels, resulting in a substantial and/or sustained impact. It may recognize outstanding service of an individual who has enhanced the delivery of social services in Kentucky. Nominees should demonstrate a minimum of 15 years of serving and engaging others in service.

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
  • 2015-16: John DuPlessis and Tina Crase
  • 2014-15: Virginia Braswell
  • 2013-14: Ginny Ramsey
  • 2012-13: Dr. Paula Maionchi
  • 2011-12: George B. Merrifield Jr. and Jeanette Elder
  • 2010-11: Bill Burch
  • 2009-10: Charles Stiles
  • 2008-09: Dr. Merrill A. Winchester
  • 2007-08: Robley H. Rex and Garnett Fairchild


Last Updated 1/11/2018