How to nominate someone for the Claude Pepper Award

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If you know someone who has shown a strong concern for the special needs of older adults, learn how to nominate them for the Claude Pepper Award.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan presents the Claude Pepper Award annually to three outstanding senior citizen advocates who demonstrate a strong concern for the special needs of older adults. We named the award after the late U.S. Congressman who campaigned for senior citizens' rights.

We select three individuals for the award:

  • Two retiree volunteers over age 55
  • Another person of any age who's employed in the senior advocacy field

Each award recipient receives a $1,000 donation for the nonprofit organization of his or her choice.

Nomination criteria

  • We give awards to individuals, not groups or teams of people. However, you may nominate a person for their individual work on behalf of a group.
  • We define volunteers as people who freely choose to provide a service that contributes to the well-being of an individual or a community. 
  • Nominees should clearly demonstrate their dedication to Michigan's seniors through work that positively impacts older adults, particularly those who don't receive adequate health services due to mental, physical, financial or geographical limitations.
  • Nominees can be paid workers. However, we’re looking for efforts that go above and beyond job responsibilities. 
  • The candidate must have performed the services in the State of Michigan. 
  • Elected political officeholders are not eligible. 
  • Employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, its subsidiaries and members of all selection committees are not eligible; nor are their family members. 
  • We can award monetary contributions only to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

How to nominate someone for a Claude Pepper Award 

Nominations will reopen in Spring 2018, with winners announced in August.