Jefferson Awards History

In 1972, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Sam Beard established the Jefferson Awards. The purpose of the Jefferson Awards is to honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service in order to inspire and encourage others to get involved.

The Jefferson Awards are presented on the national and local levels. National award recipients represent a "Who's Who" of outstanding Americans. On the local level, Jefferson Awards recipients are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward.

The Jefferson Awards is the nation's largest media partnership highlighting service to America.

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Improve your life and those around you by lending a hand in your community! There are many volunteer opportunities in Lubbock and West Texas, and it's up to you to take that first step to getting involved in your community.


Click here for a printer friendly version of the nomination form. Once completed, turn in your nomination to us at 7403 S. University.


Do you know someone who's making a difference in the lives of others on the South Plains and deserves recognition? Then let us know, because we would like to make our viewers aware of their contributions to our community. They may even be selected as a KAMC Jefferson Award winner! Review the information below and click on the "Nominations" tab to begin.

The selection criteria for the national and local Jefferson Awards winners are parallel.

Outstanding Personal Acts: The selectors review acts of courage, vision, dedication, and tenacity. Is there anything outstanding, unique, and heroic about the nominee and his or her character?

Community Impact: They review the impact in the community. Public service is about serving people and communities. As the nominee addresses important issues facing local communities or the country, has the nominee had a measurable impact?

The Jefferson Awards highlight the Unsung Heroes. Eligibility includes volunteers as well as paid professionals who go well above and beyond their expected service. Unsung means not normally in the media.


KAMC-TV is proud to sponsor the Jefferson Awards, whose mission is to encourage and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service. We also seek to energize volunteerism in our local community, in the workplace and in high schools.

Each month, KAMC-TV will pay special recognition to a volunteer right here at home by presenting them with their own Jefferson Award medallion. This individual, along with their special efforts in the community, will also be featured in a monthly segment of KAMC News, hosted by our own Bryan Mudd.