Expanded Nomination Narrative Explanation
I. Specific Pioneering Contributions
This section must make the case for why the individual’s career and contribution merit being considered as an NASW Pioneer. This is the key section of the nomination. It must provide a clear and detailed picture of the nominee’s pioneering actions and their results:
- describe the person’s significant/trailblazing (e.g. “pioneering”) specific contributions - providing detailed substantive information about the innovative or ground-breaking features to social work, social welfare, human services; and,
- summarize, with specifics, the difference the contribution(s) has made to the practice or policies of social work/human services and to the people served - that is, the nature of the impact made by the pioneering achievement.
II. Career Highlights
Provide evidence of a career trajectory over at least 25 years, not necessarily consecutive. It should include an overview description of the nominee’s positions held and other accomplishments not mentioned in Section One. Include information about the auspice [i.e. public, voluntary, for-profit, etc.], work setting, field of practice [i.e. child welfare, public assistance, community organization, etc.], and scope [ i.e. local, state, national, international, etc.] of the positions held.
III. Biographical Information
Provide information (to the extent known) such as birth date and place, family, formal education, religion (if relevant), military service (if relevant) and other pertinent information, including human interest details if known that round out a picture of the nominee.
IV. Significant Recognition and Awards
Describe any public/professional recognition and awards the nominee has received.
V. Significant Publications (if any)
Mention publications here only if seminal for the profession/field, key to the nominee’s pioneering contributions, or a true “classic.” This is not meant to be a bibliography.
Required Supporting Materials
- Picture: Please provide a high-resolution photograph (formal or informal) of the nominee. If selected, the picture is used for the Pioneer’s biographical profile page.
- Additional Letter of Support: Please provide one letter of support from an individual familiar with the work and accomplishments of the nominee that clearly addresses and substantiates the specific pioneering contributions for which the person is to be considered. This letter should be specific to the Pioneer nomination (and not previously provided for a different award).
- Interest in Pioneer Activities: We would like to know of nominees who are interested in becoming more involved in our Legacy program and the Annual Pioneer Luncheon and Program that takes place in the District of Columbia.
Nomination Package Checklist
Complete all steps in the Nomination Package Checklist
prior to submitting a nomination. Only complete nomination packages submitted by March 31 will be considered at the June Pioneer Steering Committee meeting. All required nomination package documents should be submitted electronically.
- Fill out the required online "Pioneer Nomination Application Form" and submit electronically with all required attachments.
- Attach the required narrative with information specific to the guidelines outlined above, limited to two-to-four-pages.
- Attach the required additional letter of support.
- Attach the required high-resolution photograph (JPEG) of the nominated Pioneer to to be used on the NASW Foundation's website and related publicity materials.
If electronic submission is not possible, hard copy nomination packages can be mailed to:
750 First Street, N.E., Suite 800
Washington, DC 20002
Questions should be directed to:
firstname.lastname@example.org // 202-336-8276