Jefferson Awards for Public Service

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At The University of Toledo we honor the students, faculty and staff who make a difference in our community.

In 2009, The University of Toledo began honoring these individuals with Jefferson Awards — a national program founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard. UT is one of 23 Champion partners across the United States. Of those, it is one of only two universities.

Each month, based on nominations from internal and external sources, our committee chooses a Jefferson Award Honoree. Each recipient is given a Jefferson Awards medallion, pin and certificate and is honored at an award luncheon hosted by UT's senior administration.

At the luncheon, the selection committee honors one of these monthly honorees as the Annual Jefferson Award Champion. These select individuals represent UT at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremonies held each June in Washington, D.C.

Last Updated: 3/23/15