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Department of State

Volunteer and National Service

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary
Jefferson Award

New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Award


Honorees of the New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Award achieve measurable community impact and represent outstanding acts of public service, without the expectation of recognition or compensations. Recipients demonstrate unique vision, dedication, tenacity of heroic proportion and serve as an inspiration to others.

Please nominate a deserving volunteer for this prestigious honor.
Honorees are recognized at a New Jersey ceremony in Spring 2019. A select group of honorees will be invited to participate in the June 2019 National Jefferson Award ceremony taking place in Washington D.C.!

To nominate an individual or group, highlight your nominee’s service and/or achievements by completing the online nomination form at

Nomination deadline: The Nomination Deadline has passed.

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Nomination categories include:

  • Against All Odds
  • Ambassador
  • BD® Health Care Individual
  • BD® Health Care Professional
  • BD® Paterson NJ Patriot
  • CFNJ® Community Pillar
  • Corporate Leadership
  • Dr. MLK Jr. Champion for Justice
  • Education
  • Emergency Services
  • Executive Leadership
  • Faith-Based Services
  • Founders/Innovators
  • Lifetime Service
  • PSEG® Environmental Stewardship
  • Service to Youth
  • Good Neighbor
  • Verizon® Service Through STEM
  • Volunteer Leadership
  • Volunteer Program/Group
  • Youth in Service
  • Youth Volunteer Program/Group


Jefferson Award


Jefferson Award



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