Brief history of the Jefferson Award
In 1972, the American Institute for Public Service was founded to establish the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for public and community service – The Jefferson Awards.
The awards are presented on national and local levels. National award recipients represent a who’s who of outstanding Americans.
On the local level, Jefferson Awards recipients are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expecting reward. To help identify unsung heroes, the institute developed a partnership with media sponsors.
In Northern Nevada, the awards are given by KRNV news Channel 4 in Reno.
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