The Fairfax County Citizen of the Year Award
Purpose of the Award:
Recognize and honor those citizens whose voluntary
contributions of time and talent have resulted in major accomplishments
that have enhanced the quality of life for citizens of Fairfax County.
The Fairfax County Citizen of the Year Award is sponsored
by the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations and other civic-minded organizations in Fairfax County. Each year, a selection committee of county-wide organizations meets to review nominations for the Federation's "Citizen of the Year" and Citation(s) of Merit. The winners are honored at our annual banquet, scheduled in the spring.
Eligibility for both the Citizen of the Year Award and the Citation of Merit:
- Nominee must be a current resident of Fairfax County.
- The Citizen of the Year is recognized for voluntary acts that are not related to employment.
- Elected officials and full-time County or Commonwealth
employees are ineligible for consideration if their contributions are
related to their full-time positions.
- Contributions and accomplishments must have countywide rather than local significance.
- The nominee's achievements can be either:
- General, such as multi-year community service with one or
more organizations or activities with cumulative impact over the years
of current importance or with positive implications for the future, or
- Specific, including intense efforts as the major promoter of a single program or project completed in a finite period of time.
Special Gratitude Awards:
- Although elected officials and full-time County or
Commonwealth employees are ineligible for consideration as Citizen of
the Year or Citation of Merit honorees if their contributions are
related to their full-time positions, they may be considered for Special
- Persons whose contributions of time and talent resulted
in major accomplishments that have enhanced the quality of life for
citizens of Fairfax County, who do not meet the published eligibility
standards for the Citizen of the Year consideration, may be honored by
Federation Special Gratitude Awards
- Non-residents and deceased residents who have otherwise
qualified for the Citizen of the Year Award may also be nominated for a
Special Gratitude Award.
- Please submit information about these nominees on the form below, indicating that this is a Special Gratitude Awards.
The 2020 Nomination form is available online and in RTF format.
Nominations will be accepted from 1 December 2020 to 15 March 2021
We thank those who honored their fellow citizens by nominating them for consideration during the nomination period of 1 December 2020 to 15 March 2021.
For more details on the 2019 and 2020 honorees or to RSVP
The Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations,
established in 1940, is the countywide voice for homeowner, civic, and
community associations. An all-volunteer organization, The Federation
works on issues that impact Fairfax County residents, including
education, transportation, the environment, human services, land use,
the county budget, and state and federal legislative issues.
PRESS CONTACT: The COY Chair, COY @ fairfaxfederation.org