Social Worker of the Year Awards
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To nominate the following support materials must be submitted to the Awards Committee by the nominations deadline:

  1. Indicate if this is a nomination for a local unit/regional award, or a state award, or both.
  2. Complete and Submit This Online Nomination Form
  3. After you click on the submit button below, you'll be given an opportunity to attach and email the nominee's resume as well as letters of support.
  4. Or the resume and letters of support can be emailed separately to
  5. This award honors a social worker who exhibits the following attributes:
  • Consistent demonstration of the six core values of the NASW Code of Ethics: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.
  • Broad professional social work experience and demonstrated leadership
  • NASW and voluntary association experience
  • Diverse and multicultural experience
  • Impact on social policy; advocacy for clients; exceptional practice
  • NASW Member in good standing
  • Current elected officers and NASW staff are not eligible

Local Unit or Regional Awards programs are "to be arranged" depending on the unit or region. Contact regional or local unit leadership for more information.

The State Awards Program takes place at the NASW Annual Conference usually held in the fall.  The Conference alternates locations between northern and southern California as follows:

  • Fall 2019 Northern CA: Deadline April 30, 2019
  • Fall 2020 Southern CA: Deadline April 30, 2020
  • If you need additional time to submit a nomination, contact

When nominating, please consider the location of the nominee, family, and colleagues so they can attend.

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