It’s not just their service that inspires me. It’s how their example inspires others to give back as well.”
First Lady Michelle Obama
2015 Lincoln Awards
The Lincoln Awards accepted nominations from the general public. After a general screening for completeness and appropriateness, the Syracuse Institute for Veterans and the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families reviewed all of the nominations and forwarded several finalists in each category to the Selection Committee.
The Selection Committee ranked the finalists in each category according to the significance and impact of their accomplishments, as well as their positive influence in the lives of Veterans and the Military Family. The highest ranking nominee in each category received a 2016 Lincoln Award.
* The selection process for The Lincoln Awards was modeled after the Partnership for Public Service’s Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.