AWARDS CRITERIA

The Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS) is currently seeking nominations for its 2018 National Awards. Only financial members of AAHGS may submit nominations. All nominations must be documented on the AAHGS Awards Nomination Form and submitted via email to the Awards Committee at awards@aahgs.org. See the AAHGS website under National Awards Program for additional details on the awards and for the nomination form. Nominations must be submitted no later than June 1st, 2018 (no exceptions). Nominations may be submitted for one or more of the following awards, however a submitter cannot nominate the same person for multiple awards

Nominations may be submitted for one or more of the following awards:

James Dent Walker Award
The James Dent Walker Award is the highest award that can be bestowed by AAHGS upon a person who has exhibited distinguished accomplishments through a significant and measurable contribution to the research, documentation, and/or preservation of African American history. Membership in AAHGS is not required. [Plaque, Honorary life membership, brass membership card]

Paul Edward Sluby, Sr. /Jean Sampson-Scott, Meritorious Achievement Awards
The Paul Edward Sluby, Sr. and Jean Sampson-Scott Meritorious Achievement Awards are the second highest awards that can be bestowed by AAHGS upon an organization(s) or person(s) who has exhibited distinguished performance through a significant and measurable contribution to African American history and/or genealogy within the past two years. No more than two awards in this category will be given annually. Membership in AAHGS is not required. [Plaque]

Marsha M. Greenlee, History Award
The Marsha M. Greenlee History Award is presented to a person or group for outstanding and measurable achievements in the field of African American history (e.g., history, anthropology, etc). The nomination will be judged on scholarship, presentation and originality. This nomination should result from publication of a book, dissertation, or other manuscript produced by the recipient. Only members of AAHGS and affiliated groups are eligible for this award. [Plaque]

Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, Genealogy Award
The Elizabeth Clark-Lewis Genealogy Award is presented to a person for original research in support of African American genealogy. The nomination will be judged on scholarly and original research and must document the genealogy of African American ancestors. Only members of AAHGS and affiliated groups are eligible for this award. [Plaque]

Chapter of the Year Award
This award is bestowed on an AAHGS chapter who has made outstanding contributions to the AAHGS mission to preserve African American history and genealogy through sponsorship of quality chapter programs, activities, and services over the past year. This award is not necessarily presented each year. [Plaque]

On-The-Spot Award
The On-The-Spot Award is presented to a Chapter member for a recent, specific, measurable accomplishment which impacts or contributes to AAHGS mission and goals. Only financial members of AAHGS chapters are eligible for this award. [Payment of AAHGS national membership dues for the next calendar year]

The Certificate of Appreciation
The Certificate of Appreciation is presented to an individual or team who has made a contribution to AAHGS or its principles and deserves a token of thanks. The Certificate will result from an act(s) performed within two years of its presentation. Membership in AAHGS is not required.

AAHGS President's Award
The AAHGS President's Award is presented to a member who has rendered outstanding service to AAHGS for a minimum of five (5) years at a personal sacrifice of time. This nominee has, in addition, contributed immeasurably to the Society's growth and well being. Such service may be for a single continuing activity, or for a variety of activities. The President alone is the sole selector of the recipient of this award. [Plaque, Honorary life membership]