Franklin H. Williams Award

Submit your nomination by Nov. 13, 2020.


The Franklin H. Williams Award recognizes ethnically diverse returned Peace Corps Volunteers who demonstrate a lifelong commitment to civic engagement, service, diversity, inclusion, world peace, and to the Peace Corps' Third Goal of promoting a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Established in 1999, the award is named for Franklin H. Williams, an early architect of the Peace Corps. Williams worked at the agency from its inception in 1961 to 1963 and he helped Sargent Shriver—the first Peace Corps director—promote the agency and its programs to the world. The award recognizes Volunteers and staff who self-define as people of color and who have contributed to strengthening Peace Corps as an institution.

In addition to the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) honored as Franklin H. Williams Award recipients, the director of the Peace Corps can honor one individual with the Franklin H. Williams Director’s Award. This award recognizes a non RPCV for their outstanding commitment and steadfast support of peace and civic involvement and their commitment to Peace Corps’ mission and current and Returned Volunteers.

Award Criteria

Returned Volunteer must have:

  • Demonstrated a commitment to lifelong service
  • Self-identified as a RPCV of color
  • Exhibited efforts to generate awareness about the Peace Corps
  • Demonstrated dedication to the promotion of Peace Corps' third goal.

Director’s Awards candidates must:

  • Have concrete examples demonstrating commitment to civic engagement
  • Have steadfastly supported the cause of peace and shown commitment to supporting Peace Corps’ mission and current and Returned Volunteers

Submit your nomination

2020 60th Peace Corps Anniversary Franklin H. Williams Award

Nomination period: Oct. 15 - Nov. 13, 2020

Awards to be presented: Dec. 15, 2020

  • Franklin H. Williams Award (up to six possible recipients)
  • Franklin H. Williams Director's Award (one non RPCV recipient)

Considering the background of the award please describe the demonstration of the Nominee’s lifelong commitment to civic engagement, service, diversity and inclusion, and world peace and the Peace Corps' Third Goal of promoting a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

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Please address how the nominee fulfills each award criteria described above (maximum 500 words).