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Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy
  

Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy

The Benjamin Franklin Award recognizes that all sectors of American society – individuals, schools, foundations, associations, and Secretary Rice with jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck, 2007 Individual award winner – April 8, 2008.  State Department imagecorporations – actively contribute to advancing America’s ideals around the globe through public diplomacy. This award, to be next presented in Spring 2009, recognizes the outstanding international leadership and contributions made by U.S. citizens and organizations. 

Announced by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in January 2007, the Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy is the most prestigious honor that the Department of State can bestow on U.S. citizens and non-governmental organizations. 

" Few individuals displayed the true character of America to the world better than Benjamin Franklin. In the same spirit of Franklin, this award will recognize the broad spectrum of businesses and foundations and non-governmental organizations and private citizens for their outstanding contributions to America's public diplomacy and we hope to highlight the exceptional and to inspire others.” 
 --Secretary Rice

In keeping with the character of Benjamin Franklin, the consummate public diplomat, these honors will give special emphasis to activities that:

  • Provide hope and opportunities in the core areas of education, culture, and information.
  • Empower, educate, and inspire key audiences such as women, students, and educators.
  • Engage under-served communities and grassroots organizations.

The authentic Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy! – April 8, 2008. State Department imageBenjamin Franklin Awards are presented in four categories: individuals, corporations, academic institutions, and not-for-profit organizations (i.e., foundations, associations, labor unions).
 
For more information regarding the selection process and award criteria for the Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy, please view the nomination criteria.
 
Fill out a nomination form (PDF) and submit an outstanding nominee today!

Secretary Rice ,center, and other senior officials with the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award Winners at the State Department.  State Department image
2007 Benjamin Franklin Award Ceremony

On April 8, 2008, Secretary Rice honored the recipients of the inaugural Benjamin Franklin Awards for Public Diplomacy. The awardees were chosen for their outstanding leadership in advancing America’s ideals through public diplomacy by offering a positive vision of hope and opportunity rooted in America's belief in freedom, justice, opportunity and respect for all. 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy Recipients
 
View the Secretary’s remarks from last year’s Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy award ceremony. Text/Video

  
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