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The Woodrow Wilson Awards
In every nation there are great men and women who have, by the strength of their character and their own accomplishments, become ingrained in the citizenry’s consciousness. They are thinkers, doers, and risk-takers who have overcome adversity, found success, and stood up for the common good. We label them public servants and corporate citizens—in essence, they are leaders. Their legacies reflect the values of the United States' 28th President, Woodrow Wilson, a leader who believed that, "There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed."
Since 1998, the Wilson International Center has recognized such exemplary individuals with the Woodrow Wilson Awards. At dinner ceremonies held from Toronto to Tokyo and San Francisco to São Paulo, the Wilson Center honors those who through thoughtful discussion, generous philanthropy, and selfless service have made the world a better place for all of us.
The Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. The Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service is given to individuals who have served with distinction in public life and have shown a special commitment to seeking out informed opinions and thoughtful views. Recipients of this award share Woodrow Wilson’s steadfast belief in public discourse, scholarship, and the extension of the benefits of knowledge in the United States and around the world. They have poured their time, talents, and resources into improving the lives and futures of others and in so doing have inspired us all. Honorees include policymakers, philanthropists, scientists, civic and religious leaders, and celebrities who have excelled in their fields while leaving a deep, positive impact on their communities and the world at large.
The Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. The Wilson Center is the nation’s living memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, whose work to bridge scholarship and public policy and whose vision of international cooperation, continue to inspire today. The Center is also a not-forprofit organization that looks to the private sector to help support its programs and activities. We have entered a new era- one shaped by an unprecedented prodemocracy wave in the Middle East, global economic uncertainty, heightened political polarization in the United States, and the emergence of new geopolitical players worldwide. The Center’s role has never been so important. We address these challenges by convening “the thinkers and the doers”— policymakers, scholars, business leaders, and NGO voices; by promoting policy-relevant research and dialogue; and by creating a safe political space for all points of view in the belief that an informed, open, and civil conversation will lead to improved understanding, cooperation, and, ultimately, better public policy.