The “Unsung Heroes” award is an effort to recognize Kentuckians who devote their time and energy to the pursuit of social justice in the Commonwealth.

We are looking to honor individuals who:

  • Work toward social change and equity for all members of our society.
  • Take action to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Inspire others to want to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
  • Make a difference in the lives of other Kentuckians

This award is intended to celebrate individuals for whom other awards or formal methods of recognition do not already exist. Anyone can nominate an individual for this award. Please complete this form to nominate someone for the Unsung Heroes award to be presented on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the College of Social Work’s Evening of Excellence. The deadline for nominations is March 8th, 2019.

Selected honorees are expected to attend the Evening of Excellence and receive their award in person.  The dinner and ceremony will be held on April 26th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Gatton Student Center, 2120 Grand Ballroom at the University of Kentucky. We hope to have a representation of Unsung Heroes from across the Commonwealth; please help us in recognizing those who work to make a difference for individuals, families and communities.

  • Please provide emphasis on the following (limit 500 words):
    1. Why this individual is being nominated as an Unsung Hero.
    2. Specific evidence of action taken on behalf of improving social conditions.
    3. How their work has contributed to social justice.
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, pdf, png, tiff, jpeg, doc, docx, gif, psd.
    This can be a letter of commendation, photos, or other evidence of their efforts to improve social conditions.