Writing an Effective Award Nomination


Author
Kathryn Grier, Awards Coordinator

Published
June 5, 2018


Wow, does time fly! With the awards deadline extended, there is only ONE WEEK (and some change) left to nominate your colleagues for the NASPA Region IV-W Awards. Each year NASPA recognizes members who are doing outstanding work in their field with awards presented at the regional conference. The available awards are as diverse as our region, and include individual awards as well awards that recognize programmatic efforts. On average our region receives over 100 nominations for these awards, so how can you make sure your nominee stands out in the crowd? Below we have highlighted 5 tips and tricks to help you put your nominee’s best foot forward!

  1. Review the nomination criteria: This should be pretty self-explanatory, but read through the nomination criteria and think about an individual, team, or group that deserves the honor and recognition.
  2. Speak to the award criteria: Similarly to how you would tailor your cover letter to match the responsibilities of a job posting, make sure you speak to how your nominee has met or excelled at the award criteria.
  3. Help the reviewing committee SEE your nominee: Be detailed while being clear and concise. The reviewing committee is relying on your words to see the nominee’s attributes, contributions, and impact, so make every sentence count. Also, they may not know your nominee and their job duties, so try to avoid specific jargon or lingo.
  4. Don’t just say your nominee is outstanding. Prove it: Give specific examples and avoid sweeping generalities such as: “She is a hard worker…”. Speak to the nominee’s accomplishments, their service as a mentor or role model, or how a particular project or initiative impacted their organization. What was above and beyond in your eyes? Are others willing to give testimonials?
  5. Proofread: Proofread for a few reasons. Obviously for grammatical errors or typos, as these can detract from the quality of the nomination. Secondly, make sure you are touching on all parts of the criteria throughout to help make the argument that your nominee is the best choice. Have a friend or co-worker review it and provide feedback.

Although following these tips and tricks can’t guarantee a selection, they can most certainly help! Nominations will be accepted through Friday, June 15, 2018, and can be submitted at this LINK, so get to writing folks! Please send any questions regarding the awards process to Kathryn Grier at [email protected]


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