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TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes and the County’s Commission on the Status of Women are pleased to announce nominations for awards for the Mercer County Woman of Achievement and the Mercer County Young Woman of Achievement are now being accepted.

“Each year, a countless number of women who live and work in Mercer County quietly volunteer their time, energy, and resources in an effort to improve the lives of others,” said Hughes. “If you know a woman or young woman who has dedicated herself to making Mercer County a better place to live, I encourage you to take the time to submit a nomination in their name.”

This is the fifth year the Mercer County Woman of Achievement will be awarded. It was established to honor women who are Mercer County residents and 18 years old or older who volunteer time to make the county a better place to live, raise a family, and work.

The criteria for the Woman of Achievement Award are:

The nominee must be a female who demonstrates a commitment to serving the community through volunteer work.

She must be a permanent Mercer County resident for at least the past three years and perform her volunteer work within the county at the same organization for at least one year.

  • The nominee must serve as a role model and enrich the lives of Mercer County residents.
  • She must be at least 18 years old and out of high school.
  • The nomination must be based on her volunteer work, not employment.

The Young Woman of Achievement Award was created in 2006 and honors a female high school student 18 years old or younger who has shown a commitment to the Mercer County community through volunteer work. The criteria for this award are the same but the nominee must be a high school student during the 2008-2009 school year.

“This annual award ceremony has become a much anticipated tradition whereby residents of Mercer County can share the stories of the amazing women around them,” said Heather Brooks, the Commission’s chairwoman.

The awards will be given at the Commission on the Status of Women’s 11th Annual luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 130 South American Grill & Sushi, located at 429 Route 156 in Yardville, where Route 130 South and Route 156 meet.

The deadline to submit nominations is 4 p.m. Fri., Oct. 3. People or agencies may nominate more than one female; if they do so, one form per nominee must be filled out. Self nominations will not be accepted. The forms can be downloaded online on Human Services’ page at and can also be obtained by calling Human Services at (609) 989-6896.