Iowa Character Awards

*Nominations due May 9, 2017*

The Ray Center annually recognizes Iowans who show the Six Pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS!: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship.  Since 2005, we have recognized more than 100 Iowans for showing good character.

A volunteer selection committee will review all nominations.  Award recipients will be announced in June, 2017.

Award presentation

Award recipients will receive their Iowa Character Award at an awards dinner on Friday, July 21, 2017 in Altoona, IA. The awards dinner will feature videos about each recipient (see videos about last year's recipients here). All nominees are invited to attend.



The 2017 Iowa Character Awards are presented by:  


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