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 up to 20 individuals to continue to on to Phase 3.
The Review Committee will reach out to each of the listed contacts for the individuals identified in Phase 2. After receiving additional feedback from references the Nominating Committee will reach out to the nominated individuals directly for in depth interviews. The nominator will remain confidential throughout the process.
Based on the Phase 3 research, the Review Committee and prominent community leaders will select 5 winners for the award.
On October 17th at the Clay Center in Charleston, the One Foundation and Generation West Virginia will host an awards ceremony where the five Beacon Award Winners are presented with monetary awards of $2,000 each.