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Writing an Effective Award Nomination
For individuals interested in nominating an individual or
group for the 2008 Governor’s Award for Volunteers.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
2008 Governor’s Volunteer Award
Nomination Packets must be received by 4:30pm
on February 18, 2009. No exceptions will be
made.
Please visit the web site for additional information
and the complete nomination form:
http://chfs.ky.gov/dfrcvs/kccvs/govawards.htm
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Hints and Tips
Carefully review the criteria for the awards to
determine the most appropriate award for the
person or group you would like to honor.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Hints and Tips
Remember the selection committee is relying
on your words and examples to “see” your
nominee’s attributes and contributions.
Speak from your heart!
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Hints and Tips
Remember your audience does not know
anything about the nominee, thorough
explanations are key.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Hints and Tips
Address all parts of each question completely
to assure the review committee has all the
information they need to know about your
nominee.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Hints and Tips
Cite specific examples – use descriptive
language and then give a situation or
example that shows the attribute.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Hints and Tips
Avoid the use of too many pronouns and run-
on sentences. The essay should be clear
and easy to read.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Hints and Tips
Make sure to proofread your statements.
Grammatical errors and misspelled words
detract from the quality of the nomination.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Hints and Tips
Rather than having multiple names on one
nomination consider having each nominator
submit a separate nomination.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Hints and Tips
Remember that the selection committee is
reading many nominations and think about
how you can present your nomination in a
way that sets it apart from others.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Hints and Tips
Include information about the nominee using
SMART:
Specific
Measurable
Accomplishments
Results
Time frame
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Hints and Tips
• Say it like it is
• Don’t worry about using fancy speech
• Use concrete examples
• Communicate sincerity and personal
commitment.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Hints and Tips
• Avoid sweeping generalities and make every
sentence count
• Successful nominations have enough detail
to make the case for the nominee’s
achievement.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Final Thoughts
• Read all the directions carefully
• Write the nomination from the heart but
provide as much specific information as you
can
• Make sure to get the nomination form to the
KCCVS by the deadline, 4:30pm on Feb. 18.
2009.

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How To Write An Award Nomination

  • 1. Writing an Effective Award Nomination For individuals interested in nominating an individual or group for the 2008 Governor’s Award for Volunteers.
  • 2. Cabinet for Health and Family Services 2008 Governor’s Volunteer Award Nomination Packets must be received by 4:30pm on February 18, 2009. No exceptions will be made. Please visit the web site for additional information and the complete nomination form: http://chfs.ky.gov/dfrcvs/kccvs/govawards.htm
  • 3. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Hints and Tips Carefully review the criteria for the awards to determine the most appropriate award for the person or group you would like to honor.
  • 4. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Hints and Tips Remember the selection committee is relying on your words and examples to “see” your nominee’s attributes and contributions. Speak from your heart!
  • 5. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Hints and Tips Remember your audience does not know anything about the nominee, thorough explanations are key.
  • 6. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Hints and Tips Address all parts of each question completely to assure the review committee has all the information they need to know about your nominee.
  • 7. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Hints and Tips Cite specific examples – use descriptive language and then give a situation or example that shows the attribute.
  • 8. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Hints and Tips Avoid the use of too many pronouns and run- on sentences. The essay should be clear and easy to read.
  • 9. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Hints and Tips Make sure to proofread your statements. Grammatical errors and misspelled words detract from the quality of the nomination.
  • 10. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Hints and Tips Rather than having multiple names on one nomination consider having each nominator submit a separate nomination.
  • 11. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Hints and Tips Remember that the selection committee is reading many nominations and think about how you can present your nomination in a way that sets it apart from others.
  • 12. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Hints and Tips Include information about the nominee using SMART: Specific Measurable Accomplishments Results Time frame
  • 13. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Hints and Tips • Say it like it is • Don’t worry about using fancy speech • Use concrete examples • Communicate sincerity and personal commitment.
  • 14. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Hints and Tips • Avoid sweeping generalities and make every sentence count • Successful nominations have enough detail to make the case for the nominee’s achievement.
  • 15. Cabinet for Health and Family Services Final Thoughts • Read all the directions carefully • Write the nomination from the heart but provide as much specific information as you can • Make sure to get the nomination form to the KCCVS by the deadline, 4:30pm on Feb. 18. 2009.