Guidelines - Governor's Volunteer Service Award

Nomination Form Breakdown

  1. Nomination Categories
  2. Nominee Information
  3. Nominator Information and Reference Information
  4. Organization Information
  5. Description of Exemplary Service
  6. Supplemental Information

Award Selection

  1. Award selections are based on the nominee’s volunteer efforts and commitment of time, accomplishments, community impact and enhancement of the lives of others, as described on the nomination form.
  2. Nominations are evaluated at the county level. Up to ten nominations are submitted to the Commission as nominees for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award; one of the nominations submitted may be recommended for consideration for the Medallion Award, the state’s highest level of volunteer recognition. Each county may also recommend one non-volunteer (paid) Director of Volunteers to be recognized at the Medallion Award ceremony.
  3. The Commission selects recipients of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, based on the selection criteria.
  4. Under the direction of the Commission, a statewide panel evaluates nominations for the Medallion Award and the Director of Volunteers.
  5. Recipients of the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service, Medallion Award and Director of Volunteers are selected based on merit – without regard to race, religion, gender, national origin, or physical/mental disability.


  1. Nominees must have been engaged in volunteer activities for a minimum of one year in North Carolina and benefited a community or communities in the state in a substantial, important or unique way.
  2. Students receiving course credits for their volunteer activities are ineligible unless the nomination is based upon volunteer service that extends beyond the course requirements, in which case it must be clearly indicated in the nomination statement.
  3. Previous award recipients from within the past 10 years are ineligible.
  4. Those who received compensation for their service are ineligible, with the exception of paid Directors of Volunteers.
  5. Nomination cannot be based upon court-mandated community service.
  6. Nomination cannot be based upon serving as a “loaned executive.”
  7. Self-nominations are not permissible.
  8. Nominators cannot be family members.
  9. Group/team and corporate volunteerism nominations must be made by those external to the group/team or corporation/business.
  10. Nomination submission requirements must be met.
  11. National Service volunteers must be nominated for service above and beyond that which is required of them in their national service program.


  1. ALL nominations MUST be made through the appropriate local County Coordinator. To find out who your local Coordinator is, please click here.
  2. Get more information about submission requirements by downloading the Nomination Form.

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