Veterans' Voices Nomination

Veterans' Voices Nomination

Nominations Now Being Accepted!

In 2013, the Minnesota Humanities Center, in collaboration with their Veteran partners, developed the Veterans’ Voices Awards as part of their influential Veterans’ Voices program. In its inaugural year, the Veterans’ Voices Award recognized 25 Veterans and since has been attended and supported by Governor Mark Dayton, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, Former National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman, Bro Adams, numerous state legislators and many more. Every year since 2013, the Humanities Center has continued to present these awards to exemplary Minnesota Veterans. To date, nearly 150 Veterans have been awarded the Minnesota Humanities Center’s Veterans’ Voices Award.

“The humanities can play a vital role in helping us to understand the human experience and to consider our obligations to one another. The question of what we owe each other becomes particularly urgent when men and women serve in wartime. [T]he humanities [are instrumental in] both in helping Americans to understand the experiences of service members and in assisting veterans as they return to civilian life” – National Endowment for the Humanities on Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War

The Veterans’ Voices Award recognizes, amplifies, and honors Minnesotans who have honorably served and are making extraordinary contributions to their communities. These actively engaged former and current military service members are thriving and making significant contributions that improve the lives of people in their communities.

Drawing on the power of the humanities, the Veterans’ Voices Program and Veterans’ Voices Award honors the contributions and life experiences of Veterans in Minnesota while also aiming to bridge the civilian-Veteran divide.

Do you know a deserving Veteran who is an exemplary humanist, a committed community benefactor and embodies the Humanities Center’s mission and values? What are you waiting for? Nominate them today!

Please read closely before submitting a nomination form:


Nominations Open: Friday, January 5, 2018
In-person Nomination Information Sessions: TBD
In-person Nomination Information Session: TBD
Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2018
Awardee Notification: No later than Tuesday, July 20, 2018
Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony: Saturday, October 7, 2018

Who Can Be Nominated?

Nominees must be a current or former military service member living in Minnesota and be able to attend the October 7, 2018 awards ceremony. All anonymous nominations will be confirmed by the nominee if selected.

An independent review panel will be selecting up to 20 awardees based on the following criteria. The nominee must:

  • Be actively involved and making significant contributions in their community above and beyond what may be expected of them.
  • Exemplify the four core values of the Humanities Center:

Core Values: Build and strengthen relationships; recognize the power of story and the danger of absence; learn from and with multiple voices; and amplify community solutions for change.

While the panel will only be reviewing the nominations based on the parameters of the narrative questions and the review criteria as published above, the panel may consider the diversity of the overall awardee cohort, to include race/ethnicity, gender, and/or overall geographic reach of the awardees.

The following criteria will render a nominee/nomination ineligible:

  • Nominations for previous Veterans’ Voices Awardees (See previous years’ awardees).
  • Nominations by or for Humanities Center staff, board members, and consultants.
  • Self-nominations.
  • Nominee is unable to attend the award ceremony and/or unwilling to have their story made public.

How To Nominate

Before you submit: Nominators are encouraged to attend an information session before submitting their nomination. For more information on the times and dates on those sessions, please see “Information Sessions” below.

Nominations may be submitted online or by mail.

If nominating online, create an account and submit your nomination.

For assistance with our online process, you can review these instructions or contact Laura Benson, Grant/Contract Projects Manager at or 651-772-4244. If you would like to preview the nomination questions prior to creating an account, you can view them here.

If nominating by mail, download the nomination form and mail to:

Minnesota Humanities Center
Veterans’ Voices Award Nominations
987 Ivy Avenue East
Saint Paul, MN 55106

All nominations must be received online or postmarked by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2018.  

Nominators are encouraged to submit well before this deadline.
Please note: In order to maintain the process timeline, late submissions will not be accepted. Due to the large volume of nominations, only selected awardees will be contacted, no later than July 20, 2018. All nominators will be updated no later than August 31, 2018.

Information Sessions

The Minnesota Humanities Center will be hosting information sessions for interested nominators. Humanities Center staff will review eligibility requirements, the online nomination system, and tips for nominating. Attending a session will not factor into the evaluation of your nomination, but will help nominators understand our process and will help them submit a strong proposal. Nominators can bring their draft nominations for review and workshop in-person.

In-person information sessions: Details pending

Online information sessions: Details pending

If you have questions about the nomination process or to RSVP for an In-Person Information Session, please contact Laura Benson, Grant/Contract Projects Manager, at or 651-772-4244.

The Veterans’ Voices Award is funded in part with private support from individuals and money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.