The National Peace Corps Association’s Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award is named for the former U.S. Senator and special assistant to U.S. President John F. Kennedy, who was instrumental in the formation of the Peace Corps. (Learn more about Harris Wofford) It is given annually to an outstanding global leader who grew up and continues to live in a country where Peace Corps Volunteers served and whose life was influenced by the Peace Corps.
This award is made possible by a generous lead gift from Atiku Abubakar, businessman, philanthropist and former Nigerian Vice President, for the Global Leaders Program. Abubakar was the first recipient of the Award, which was presented at the Promise of the Peace Corps Gala in September 2011.
The 2016 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award winner was Ibrahima "Bara" Sankare of Mali.
Check out Bara's acceptance speech in French and in English.
We encourage you to read about our previous award winners.
To nominate an individual for the Wofford Award, please download the Wofford Award nomination packet, and both the nominator form and nominee form and submit all nomination materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Award nominations are accepted year-round; the deadline for consideration for the 2017 award was January 31, 2017. (Please use these until updated materials for the 2018 award are available and posted.) To better understand the selection process and eligibility for the award, please download the frequently asked questions.