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2017 Nominations April 15 - June 1

Master Gardener of the Year Award Criteria

The winner will be recognized and given the award by the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State (MGFWS). The Master Gardener of the Year (MGoY) will be featured in an article in the MGFWS Newsletter, Seeds For Thought,  and on the MGFWS website.

Nominations will be accepted from Washington State Master Gardener organizations and submitted on the Master WGFWS Gardener of the Year Nomination Submission form. Only one submission can be accepted per organization per year. Rhis award can only be received once and is an individual, not shared award. Deserving individuals who have made lifetime contributions can be nominated for the Ed LaCrosse Distinguished Service Award (a lifetime award).

The criteria for selection of the Washington State Master Gardener of the Year Award are as follows:
The MGoY Nominee Must:
  1. Be an active WSU Master Gardener.
  2. Demonstrate program commitment by meeting or exceeding all volunteer hour requirements.
  3. Have held leadership roles in the Master Gardener Program e.g. board member, committee chairperson, special event or project responsibility.
  4. Contribute a legacy, a lasting contribution to the program and/or community.
  5. Have a significant statewide (or broader) impact on the WSU Master Gardener Program or have acted on behalf of the MGFWS.
Each candidate’s entry will be ranked based on the information submitted for each of the above criteria, using a 1-5 scoring system for each, with 5 as the high score. Nominations for the MGoY award must be received by the MGFWS by June 1st of the year the award is to be presented.

The awards committee chairperson will appoint a 3-5 person MGoY selection committee to choose the best candidate from the nominees. The award will be given at the annual WSU/MGFWS Advanced-Education Conference or as designated by the MGFWS Board. Here is the application form:  MGoY Criteria and Forms

Media Award Criteria

(Revised September 17, 2015)
The criteria for selection of the Media Award are as follows:
Nominations can be made by county programs, Washington State University (WSU) or Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State (MGFWS) members.
Please use the Word file form to submit your application, expanding it to no more than two pages. The awards committee will choose the winner based on these ratings detailed on the form. (1-5; 5 is the high score.)
The award will be presented at the annual WSU/MGFWS Advanced-Education Conference or as designated by the MGFWS Board.
Here is the application form:  Media Award Nomination Form

Ed LaCrosse Distinguished Service Award

(Revised September 17, 2015)
The criteria for selection of the Ed LaCrosse Distinguished Service Award are as follows:
Nominator:
  • Nomination can be made by county programs, Washington State University (WSU) or Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State (MGFWS) members.
  • Nominees need not be Master Gardeners (MG).
  • Award recognizes someone who has had a significant statewide (or broader) impact on the WSU Master Gardener Program or has acted on behalf of the MGFWS.
  • Ratings will be given for each of the following:

Impact on WA state MG program _____
Length of service ______
Breadth of impact _____

Here is the application form: Ed LaCrosse Nomination Form.
The awards committee chairperson and will rate the best candidate from a 1-5 scale. (1-5 is the high score).
Photo Criteria for All Nominations
A photo of your candidate MUST be submitted with all nomination packages. Photo quality requirements are:
  1. 1. Submit .jpgs as they come from a digital camera with no alterations.
  2. 2. If items need to be cropped, provide instructions.
  3. 3. DO NOT use phone cameras, as the resolution is generally inferior. However, newer phones and iPads may be adequate.
  4. 4. Size should be 2 Mg. at a minimum.
Shared and Duplicate Award Criteria
The Media and EdLaCrosse Awards were designed as individual awards. However, an organization can submit nominations for sharing either of these awards if:
  1. Both individuals contributed equally for the nominated award.
  2. The nominating organization can show that nominees worked substantially as a team in qualifying for the award.
An individual may receive any and all of MGFWS Awards once. Nominations nominated for more than one award in a single year will be requested to choose one nomination process. The Awards Committee reserves the right to make the choice if more than one organization has submitted a nominee for recognition.

Click here to download Photo Criteria