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Gates Volunteer Service Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Gates Volunteer Service Award.

At the University of Washington’s Annual Recognition Gala on September 10th, the GVSA will be presented to an individual or couple who meet the following criteria:

  • A long-term volunteer commitment to the University of Washington and by their direct involvement have supported the UW through their time, service and philanthropy, and
  • Their volunteer efforts have encouraged others to similarly support the University of Washington.

Read the award guidelines and complete the form to nominate someone,

The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2021.

More about the Gates Volunteer Service Award

The Gates Volunteer Service Award is presented annually by the University of Washington and the UW Foundation to recognize and honor individuals whose long-term volunteer efforts of time, service and philanthropy have encouraged others to similarly support the University of Washington.

Recipients of the Gates Volunteer Service Award exemplify the highest standards of service to the University of Washington, modeled by the singular vision and generosity of the William H. Gates family, whose volunteer service, commitment of time, and philanthropy continue to advance the work of the UW in profound and enduring ways. Read more about the  Gates family’s support of the University of Washington.

First presented in 2002, the award follows the tradition of the long-standing UW Recognition Award, initiated in 1976. It is one of the most distinguished accolades bestowed by the UW.