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Governor's Volunteer STars Award

The Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards (GVSA) is an initiative from Volunteer Tennessee that seeks to recognize outstanding volunteers from each of Tennessee's 95 counties.  With the program now in its fourteenth year, participating counties conduct a call for nominations and recognize one outstanding youth and one outstanding adult volunteer.  The Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards also recognizes one business and one non-profit from each of Tennessee’s three Grand Regions for their outstanding community involvement and service. 

Who is eligible?

  • Any individual whose volunteer activities in Tennessee benefit the community or the State of Tennessee in a substantial, important, or unique way.

  • Students receiving course credits are eligible, only if the volunteer service extends beyond course requirements. This must be clearly indicated in the nomination letter.

  • National Service program participants (AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Seniors, AmeriCorps NCCC, etc.) are encouraged to apply based on their volunteer involvement in their national service assignment. 

Who is not eligible?

  • Individuals involved in "court mandated community service" or those serving as "loaned executives."

  • Persons who receive compensation for services rendered (except National Service Participants noted above)

Additional Guidelines

  • Volunteers may be nominated by anyone or may nominate themselves.

  • The nomination letter should specifically be formatted for the Governor's Volunteer Star Awards according to the judging criteria listed below. If it is written as a nomination for another award, it will not be given to the judges for consideration of this award. 

  • In the event that an individual is nominated multiple times, the review panel will consider only the first nomination form submitted. 

Judging Criteria

  • Need: Service addressed a specific need in the community (i.e. poverty)

  • Action: The nominee was actively involved and took initiative.

  • Innovation: The nominee used creative methods to solve community problems.

  • Impact: The activity or service produced positive changes and provided an example to others. 

The nomination process will last through November 2023. Honoree information from each county will be submitted to Volunteer Tennessee on November 2023. 

The GVSA Ceremony will be held at the Franklin Marriott in Franklin, TN 2024 

Please submit applications to

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