Nominations Open for Peace Corps’ Prestigious John F. Kennedy Service Awards

From July 19 to August 31, the Peace Corps will accept nominations for awards to honor exceptional returned volunteers and staff

WASHINGTON – Today, nominations for the Peace Corps’ John F. Kennedy Service Awards will open and be accepted until 11:59 p.m., Tuesday August 31, 2021. The award, presented every five years, honors President John F. Kennedy’s vision, leadership, and commitment to public service by recognizing members of the Peace Corps community who have made exceptional contributions toward realizing the mission and goals of the agency.

“The Peace Corps community is made up of incredibly dedicated people who share a passion for service above self,” said Acting Director Carol Spahn. “I am inspired every day by the fierce commitment of our staff and volunteers and it will certainly be a challenge to select the winners.”

John F. Kennedy Service Award candidates must demonstrate outstanding service and leadership that furthers the Peace Corps’ mission and its three goals. The awards are typically presented to two current Peace Corps volunteers, two Peace Corps staff members, one returned Peace Corps Response volunteer, and one returned Peace Corps volunteer. This year, due to the unique circumstances stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards will include two current or former (within five years) Peace Corps staff members, two returned Peace Corps Response volunteers and two returned Peace Corps volunteers.

Those who are interested in nominating a returned Peace Corps volunteer or staff member for this award can do so here.

President John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961. Since then, over 240,000 American citizens have served abroad with the agency, promoting world peace and friendship.

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About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, the environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans of all ages have served in 142 countries worldwide. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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