Cleveland State Community College is once again accepting nominations for its annual Community First Awards. These awards are designed to honor not just people affiliated with the college, …
Cleveland State Community College is once again accepting nominations for its annual Community First Awards.
These awards are designed to honor not just people affiliated with the college, but those its service area who have shown they live out the idea of “Community First.”
“This is our way of honoring those who go above and beyond to serve the community,” said Dr. Bill Seymour, president of the college. “That is something we value highly as a college; ‘Community First’ is our motto.”
The college will honor those “who have demonstrated a lifetime of achievement in one of the nine categories, or an individual who has done something truly outstanding this previous year.” The nine categories are Arts, Business, Education, Public Service, Volunteer Service, Non-Profit Leadership, Healthcare, Student Leadership and Philanthropy.
Would-be winners will be judged on their “extraordinary commitment of time, talent and treasure to the community, and the lasting impact to the quality of life that we all cherish.”
The winners of each category will be announced in early February 2018. However, the college plans to announce the recipient of its most prestigious award, “Community First Person of the Year,” during an awards gala in March. This winner will be chosen from among the nine category winners.
This will be Cleveland State’s third year presenting the awards. The first “Person of the Year” honoree was Brenda Hughes, founder of Family Cornerstones. The second was Brenda Lawson, a local businesswoman known for her community service.
Seymour encourages anyone who knows an area individual who has given back to the community in an extraordinary way to nominate him or her. Nominees can be anyone residing in the Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe or Polk counties.
The deadline for nominations is Jan. 19. For more information and to access the nomination form, visit mycs.cc/communityfirstawards.
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