This award is presented annually to a community volunteer whose work with international programs and activities merits special recognition, likely recipients may include those whose efforts were responsible for the creation of permanent community or institutional programs, improved community awareness of international cultures, or some other equally meritorious contribution to international exchange. The recipient need not be a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. If possible, the recipient of this award typically resides in the state that is hosting the regional conference that year.

Nomination Process

If more than one person is nominating the same individual, each nominator should submit the following information.

  • Nomination form (200 kbIcon PDF 16)
  • A letter of support, describing the rationale for nominating this individual. Please be sure that you address all of the criteria in the description above. The letter can be written in an attached document, or submitted as an email (with the nomination form attached). Printed copies with signatures are not necessary.
  • If more than one person is nominating the same individual, please submit all documents in one email if possible.
  • Submit all materials above to the current Chair-Elect by September 15th
Year Recipient

1989

Lois Dorsett - Lincoln, Nebraska

1990

Julia Bruner - Bozeman, Montana

1991

Kay Oltman - Boulder, Colorado

1992

Karen Clark - New Mexico

1993

Joan Alf - Phoenix, Arizona

1994

Jean Griswold - Colorado State University

1995

No Award Given

1996

Helen Nixon - Emporia, Kansas

1997

No Award Given

1998

No Award Given

1999

Joycee Dozier - Missoula, Montana

2000

Treva & Bill Lansdown - University of Denver

2001

No Award Given

2002

Nancy Delaney - Albuquerque, New Mexico

2003

Adair Kanter - Missoula, Montana

2004

Renee Berglund- Missoula, Montana

2005

Lanny Maddux, University of Kansas

2006

Kathy Mulinazzi, Small World, Lawrence, KS

2007

Linda & Rick Hanson -Tucson, AZ

2008

TBA

2009

Carrie Gadjosik - Missoula International Friendship Program

2010

Pam Franks, Omaha, NE

2011

No Award Given

2012

No Award Given

2013

Laela Shimer - Missoula International Friendship Program

2014

Mary Lee Carter

2015

Tracy Mouser, Montana State University

2016 Joan Lasche
2017 Roy Mongelli