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American Citizens Abroad (ACA), the Washington DC based group advocating on behalf of Americans living overseas, is seeking nominees for its Thomas Jefferson Award to recognize "Outstanding service to Americans Abroad" in the US State Department.
The award was first launched by ACA in 1994, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson, the United States' first Secretary of State. The award honors employees of the State Department who have "given exemplary service to American citizens residing abroad". The winner receives a framed certificate and their name is added to an engraving on a plaque displayed at the State Department. The names of all nominees are sent to the department, so that mention of their nomination can be added to their service records.
Previous winners of the award have included former US Consul General in Milan, Philip T Reeker, former Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs at the US Department of State, Michele Thoren Bond, and former US Ambassador to Switzerland (and now Member of the House of Representatives) Congressman Don Beyer Jr.
If you've received outstanding assistance or support on matters relating to being an overseas American from a particular member of the State Department, or would like the work of a particular State Department employee to be recognized, the details for submitting nominations can be found below:
Nominations for the award should include:
- One or more letters of recommendation from individual Americans and/or groups, explaining why the candidate should be chosen, and citing anecdotes and examples of outstanding service to the local community;
- If possible, an outline of the nominee’s career to date;
- A recent photograph of the candidate;
- Deadline for submission of nominations for the 2019 Thomas Jefferson Award is 31 December 2019. Please provide your contact details with your submission.
Nominations should be sent to: email@example.com or via mail to American Citizens Abroad, Inc., Attention: Thomas Jefferson Award Committee, 11140 Rockville Pike, Suite 100-162, Rockville, MD 20852, USA.
Further details on American Citizens Abroad can be found at www.americansabroad.org