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Governor's Volunteer Award glass trophies on display at the Texas Governor's Mansion.

OneStar Foundation is pleased to accept nominations for the 37th Annual Governor's Volunteer Awards! The Governor's Volunteer Awards honor the extraordinary impact of individuals and organizations in Texas that have made a significant and measurable difference in their communities through exemplary service and volunteering.

Awardees will be honored in the fall at an evening reception at the Texas Governor's Mansion, hosted by Honorary Chair Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott and OneStar Foundation.

  • Self-nominations or nominations by an immediate family member will NOT be accepted.
  • The volunteer service must have been performed in Texas serving primarily Texans.
  • A significant amount of volunteer service must have been performed during or after calendar year 2019 (with the exception of nominations in the Governor’s Lone Star Achievement Award category, which recognizes lifetime achievement).
  • Nominators are encouraged to submit multiple nominations.
  • In the event that a single nominee is nominated multiple times, the review panel will consider only one of the nominations.
  • Previous winners are not eligible for nomination again for five years after receiving the award.
  • Current OneStar Foundation staff and board members and their immediate families are not eligible to receive an award.
  • Nominations may be submitted through this online form or via mail or fax. Please contact us at gva@onestarfoundation.org or (512) 287-2035 to request a printed paper version of the nomination form.
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED! Nominations will be accepted until May 14, 2020 July 3, 2020.
  • OneStar staff will screen all submissions for eligibility and appropriateness.
  • A panel of judges comprised of Governor-appointed state service commissioners and the Office of the First Lady will select the award recipients based on scoring criteria.
  • Nominators will be notified of their selection status by August 2020, followed by an announcement by Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott. 
  • If your nominee is selected for an award, you will be required to submit a bio and high-resolution photos of the nominee, including one headshot and images depicting the nominee in service. Information from nominations may be released to the media and to elected officials.
If you have questions or require assistance in completing the nomination form, please contact us at gva@onestarfoundation.org or (512) 287-2035.

Self-nominations or nominations by an family member will NOT be considered.

For a complete description of award categories, please visit onestarfoundation.org/governors-volunteer-awards

For a complete description of award categories, please visit onestarfoundation.org/governors-volunteer-awards



Upload up to five (5) pieces of evidence to support your nomination (e.g., letters of support, news articles or media coverage, photographs, past awards).

List two references familiar with the nominee’s volunteer activities. References may NOT be the nominator, nominee, or someone RELATED to the nominee.