Award Nominations

Louis E. Waller Humanitarian Award

The Louis E. Waller Humanitarian Award was created by the Board of Trustees of the Washington County Community Foundation in 2008 to recognize a local individual or organization who is devoted to the promotion of human welfare or the advancement of social reforms as evidenced by humanitarian deeds in the community, whether local, national or international. The award is named in honor of Founding Trustee and Past Chairman of the Board, Louis E. Waller.


All Washington County residents, or for profit companies operating in Washington County, who have performed humanitarian service anywhere in the world, are eligible to receive the award, although preference will be given to those performing humanitarian service in Washington County. Consideration will also be given to individuals living outside the county who have performed humanitarian service in Washington County.


In addition to an engraved crystal bowl, the award will include a grant to the charity of the recipient's choice. Presentation of the award will be at the WCCF Legacy Celebration. The amount of the grant shall be determined by the WCCF Board of Trustees, considering available financial resources.


  • Demonstrated concern, through one's actions, commitment of time and/or one's financial resources,for the general welfare of those less fortunate
  • Commitment of leadership over a sustained period of time to a humanitarian cause including the saving of human lives, alleviation of suffering, response to a disaster, treatment of the injured, relief of poverty, social reforms, or educational opportunities for the under-privileged
  • By example encouraged and motivated others to become involved in a humanitarian cause
  • Contributed significantly to other community efforts

Nomination/Selection Process

On a continual basis, the WCCF will publicize the availability of the award through its publications and news releases. Applications, which are to be submitted using this electronic form, will be accepted until January 31 of each year. Three letters of recommendation attesting to the humanitarian activities of the nominee are required. Nominations and letters of recommendation will be forwarded to the WCCF Marketing Committee for review and consideration. The committee shall forward its recommendation to the Board of Trustees, which in its sole discretion, shall have the final responsibility of selecting the annual recipient.