Jefferson Awards

Jefferson Awards is moving!

Thank you for your past support and participation in the Jefferson Awards sponsored by the Laredo Morning Times in collaboration with the Laredo Area Community Foundation.  This is a vital effort in recognizing the hard work of your volunteers and the members of our community who make a difference every day!  This prestigious recognition was established nationally in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to recognize volunteerism and public service across America.

Starting this fall, we are doing things a little differently.  The Jefferson Awards will be held in October and the winner submitted to Multiplying Good in advance of their March deadline.  After much consideration, and a realistic look at the calendar, we recognize the challenge of making a nomination early in the year.  We hope that moving the selection and event to early in the fourth quarter will make it easier for you to select a nominee.

We are grateful to International Bank of Commerce for again hosting the event at the IBC Annex Ballroom on October 18 at 6 pm.  We look forward to a room full of amazing volunteers!

The person you nominate will be considered for selection as the Laredo Area Jefferson Award recipient.  The winner of the Jefferson Award will then become part of the applicant pool for the National Award, and receives an all expense paid trip to be honored at a gala acknowledging other outstanding citizens. The winner’s sponsoring organization will receive a $1,500 unrestricted grant.  Please honor your volunteers and the community by submitting your nomination by October 6.

Thank you, as always, for all you do as an organization and personally to make South Texas so special!


Deadline to submit nominations is October 6, 2023.

Our preferred method to receive applications is through the Google Form application.  You will need a valid Gmail email address to complete the application.  

Click Here for the Google Form version of Jefferson Awards Application

Or you may also choose to download the PDF version of the application and submit the application via email or mail.

Click Here for the PDF file version of the Jefferson Awards Application


Past Jefferson Award Winners

2022 – Dorothy Kinsel, Woman’s Club of Cotulla

2021 – Diana Salinas Farias, Laredo Animal Protective Society

2020 – Louis Ramirez, Keep Laredo Beautiful

2019 – Becky Guerra Boyle, Casa La Esperanza

2019 – Nancy Santos +, Laredo Cancer Society

2018 – Melissa Guerra, Alzheimers Association

2017 – Bill Hrncir, Laredo Stroke Support

2016 – Dr. Tom Vaughn,  RGISC

2015 – Manuel Santos, Bethany House

2014 – Fanny Stavoroski, Bethany House

2013 – Maria Elena Montemayor, HIV/Aids Consortium