2021 Lillian Carter Award
Nominations open until May 23
The Lillian Carter Award honors outstanding returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served in the Peace Corps at age 50 and over.
Awardees must have demonstrated a commitment to civic engagement and service, advancing the Peace Corps’ mission of promoting world peace and friendship, and the Peace Corps’ Third Goal of strengthening Americans’ understanding of the world and its people.
The Lillian Carter Award was established in 1986 in honor of former President Carter's mother, Lillian Carter, who served as a health Volunteer in India in 1966 at age 68. Lillian Carter’s commitment to Peace Corps service was an extension of her tireless dedication and support of people and humanitarian organizations at home and abroad. With this award, the Peace Corps recognizes and honors Miss Lillian’s legacy through volunteer service.
The 2021 Lillian Carter Award ceremony will emphasize the extraordinary impact Peace Corps Volunteers over the age of 50 have made around the globe and in the United States. This award ceremony will acknowledge Miss Lillian’s legacy, the 2021 award recipient, and the over 241,000 American citizens, 13,898 of whom served at age 50 and over, who have dedicated themselves to promoting world peace and friendship since the Peace Corps was established 60 years ago in 1961.
Notes for nominators
- All qualifying submissions received during the nomination period will be reviewed by a selection committee and an awardee will be selected based on the information provided on this nomination form. With permission from the nominee, the information provided on this nomination form may be used by the Peace Corps during the award ceremony and for other communication purposes.
- Current employees of the Peace Corps and their immediate family members are not eligible to receive the 2021 Lillian Carter Award.
- The award ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. EST on Zoom. The awardee should be available to participate in the award ceremony
- Nominees must have turned 50 years old before beginning their Peace Corps Service in order to be eligible for this award.