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Iowa Character Awards

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.  

Award Selection

  • Nominations will be reviewed by a volunteer selection committee. Award recipients will be notified in June.
  • All nominees will receive a copy of their nomination and a certificate of recognition.

Join us to celebrate the 2021 Iowa Character Award recipients 

  • KDSM Fox 17 (Des Moines) will produce a one-hour, primetime television special featuring award recipients. The special will air this summer on KDSM Fox 17 (Des Moines) and on other Iowa Fox affiliate stations. Air dates/times will be posted here when available.
  • The 2021 Iowa Character Awards recognition event will be held on Sunday afternoon, August 29, 2021, at Prairie Meadows Events Center in Altoona, IA.


The 2021 Iowa Character Awards are presented by:  

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