Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards

 The Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards (GVSA) is an annual event that honors the efforts of volunteers from across Tennessee. Each year one adult and one youth are selected to receive this prestigious award in recognition of their exemplary volunteer service in the county. The guidelines and application for this award is listed below.


Award Guidelines


  • Any adult or youth (age 25 or younger) whose volunteer activities in Wilson County benefit the community in a substantial, important, or unique way. Activities can include, but are not limited to serving nonprofits, neighborhood groups, schools and faith-based organization
  • Students receiving course credits are eligible, only if the volunteer service extends beyond course requirements. This must be clearly indicated in the nomination letter
  • National Service program participants (AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps*VISTA, RSVP, Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, etc.) are encouraged to apply based on their volunteer involvement in their national service assignment


  • Individuals involved in “court mandated community service” or those serving as “loaned executives.”
  • Persons who receive compensation for service rendered (except National Service participants noted above)
  • Individuals, who have previously received a Governor’s Volunteer Stars Award
  • More than one individual (Family members will need to be submitted as separate nominations. Corporate and civic volunteer groups, businesses and nonprofits may be interested in submitting a nomination for the GVSA Business and Nonprofit awards, go to for more information.) 



  • Volunteers may be nominated by anyone or may nominate themselves. If an individual is nominated multiple times, the review panel will consider only the first nomination form submitted.
  • The nomination narrative should specifically be formatted and address questions for the Governor’s Volunteer Star Awards. If it is written as a nomination for another award, it will not be given to the judges for consideration.
  •  A submission of a resume or list of nominee’s accomplishments/service does not meet narrative requirements. Please review “Tips for a Great Nomination” suggestions on writing nomination narratives and letters. 
  • The narrative should also reflect the four categories of the judging criteria, which are:
  • Need: Service addressed a specific need in the community (i.e. poverty).
  • Action:The nominee was actively involved and took initiative.
  • Innovation: The nominee used creative methods to solve community problems.
  • Impact:The activity or service produced positive changes and provided an example to others.


The deadline to submit this application is Friday, October 23, 2020; 12 Noon. 

By submitting a nomination, you are confirming that Volunteer Tennessee, sponsor of the Governor’s Volunteer Star Awards and the GVSA County Coordinator may use this information to highlight the service of your nominee in various forms of media. 


The 2020 GVSA Ceremony is planned for February 7, 2021 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, TN. GVSA honorees will receive an invitation closer to the event. 

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