Iowa Character Awards

The Ray Center annually recognizes Iowans who show the Six Pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS!: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship.  Since 2005, we have recognized more than 100 Iowans for showing good character. 

Click here to nominate.  Nominations are due by May 1, 2018.

Easy Nomination Process! 

1)       Tell us about who your nominee is

2)       Share how your nominee has impacted your life and/or others

3)       Explain how they demonstrate the Six Pillars of Character

4)       Attach up to 3 supporting documents (letters of recommendation)

5)       Submit your nomination 

All nominees will receive a certificate in the mail recognizing their good character and two complimentary tickets to attend the 2018 Iowa Character Awards.

Award recipients will be selected and contacted the first week of June. Award recipients will receive a trophy, complimentary tickets to the 2018 Iowa Character Awards, and a special hometown visit from FOX KDSM 17 for an interview, which will be played at the 2018 Iowa Character Awards.

The 2018 Iowa Character Awards dinner and program will be held on Friday, July 20th, 2018 at Prairie Meadows Event Center in Altoona.


The 2018 Iowa Character Awards are presented by:  


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Link to Upcoming Training Classes
Your Character Minute
April 25, 2018
April 20, 2018
April 12, 2018