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.


The Lillian Carter Award is a wonderful celebration of what is best about the Peace Corps—offering up some of America's best to the world, and bringing the world home to other Americans.

President Jimmy Carter

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

  1. 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.
  2. Current employees of the Peace Corps and their immediate family members are not eligible to receive the 2021 Lillian Carter Award.
  3. 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
  4. Nominees must have turned 50 years old before beginning their Peace Corps Service in order to be eligible for this award.

Please see Peace Corps Awards for more information, including past Lillian Carter Award winners. Contact the Office of Third Goal with questions about the nomination process.

Nomination form

Please provide a brief biography on the nominee including professional and volunteer background that is relevant to the nominee’s award eligibility. (Max 150 words)
Please describe how the nominee has demonstrated commitment to civic engagement and service prior to and/or following Volunteer service. (Max 250 words)
Please describe how the nominee has contributed to advancing the Peace Corps mission of promoting world peace and friendship. (Max 250 words)
Please describe how the nominee has helped people in the United States gain a better understanding of the rest of the world and its people. (Max 250 words)
Examples include links to media articles, social media posts, short videos, quotes, photos, certificates of appreciation, or nominee writings such as books, essays, op-eds, etc. (Max 5 links)

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Privacy Act Statement: The Peace Corps, an agency of the federal government, is required by the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a) to advise you of the following information regarding this award nomination form. The Privacy Act addresses the federal government’s use of certain personal information in agency files.

Authority: This nomination form for the Lillian Carter Award is authorized by 22 U.S.C. 2517.

Purpose: The information you provide will be used to consider your submitted nominee for this award, or to contact you if there is a question about your nomination.

Routine Uses: Use of the information collected based on this form is restricted to the purposes cited in this privacy statement or unless the disclosure is otherwise permitted under the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a, and the agency’s privacy policy. The information you provide may be used for the routine uses described in the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a, and the Peace Corps' published Routine Uses A through N, as defined in the Peace Corps' System of Records PC-18 and the pending new System of Records PC-39. For information on Routine Uses A through N, please click on the link to the Peace Corps Privacy webpage.

Disclosure: The completion of this form is voluntary. However, failure to provide sufficient information may result in the Peace Corps’ inability to consider your nomination for this award. The agency is committed to ensuring that any personal information received is safeguarded against unauthorized disclosure.

Paperwork Reduction Act Statement: This notice is given under the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) (PRA). The Privacy Act and Paperwork Reduction Act requires that the Peace Corps inform individuals and entities the following when asking for information. Through this voluntary collection of information, the Peace Corps is gathering information about you and the award nominee to consider nominations for the Lillian Carter Award. The public burden for the estimated average time to complete this application including time for reviewing general information about the form is 45 minutes. An agency may not conduct or sponsor an information collection and a person is not required to respond to this information unless it displays a current valid OMB control number and an expiration date. If you have any comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, you can write to the Privacy Act Officer, 1275 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20526 or [email protected].