The West Virginia Beacon Awards are selected on a nomination-basis. Nominations for those leaders who are performing outstanding work in their community can be submitted online between March 1st – 31st. Through the nomination form, nominators will provide basic information including name, organization (if applicable), the primary community of work, and answers to several longer descriptive questions. These questions will provide further detail on the individual, their work and strategy, and how they are supporting their community through their vision and execution. The nomination form will also include the contact information for at least three references that can further speak to the nominee and the impact they are making. We are using a nomination process that is consistent with our desire to select awardees who are under the radar and are humble and not focused on recognition.
All nomination materials will remain confidential and all nominators will remain anonymous throughout the process.
Any paid staff or contractors through Generation West Virginia are not eligible for nomination.
The Review Committee, made up of Generation West Virginia and One Foundation Staff, will review all nominations according to the selection criteria as outlined above to identify 20 individuals to continue to on to Phase 3.
The Review Committee will conduct reference interviews with each of the listed contacts for the 20 nominations identified in Phase 2. The nominator will remain confidential throughout the process.
Based on the reference interviews, the Review Committee will select six finalists for the award.
Generation West Virginia will work with all six finalists to develop a brief video essay to visually tell their story. While only two finalists will win the Beacon Awards, all Finalists benefit from having a well-produced video that will be shared through Generation West Virginia’s platforms as well as be a resource to build support for their work in the future.
Videos for the six finalists are shared with the full Beacon Award Selection Committee, made up of representatives from GWV Board of Directors, the One Foundation, and prominent community leaders, for final decisions.
In June in Charleston (location to be announced), the One Foundation and Generation West Virginia will host an awards ceremony where the two Beacon Award Winners are presented with monetary awards of $3,000 each, and $1,000 each for the four remaining Beacon Award Finalists.