Burlington County seeking nominations for Outstanding Women Awards

Ceremony will feature new categories recognizing women veterans or military service members and social service leaders.

Special to The Sun: Commissioner Felicia Hopson meets with several scholarship winners at the Women’s Advisory Council Outstanding Women of Burlington County Awards Dinner in 2019.

The Burlington County Women’s Advisory Council will once again honor the outstanding contributions and leadership of women in the local community, including those who served in the armed forces and in social services.

Burlington County Commissioner Felicia Hopson announced the council is accepting nominations for the 2022 Outstanding Women of Burlington County Awards. Applications will be accepted until May 16.

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The council is looking for women who have made significant contributions in their chosen field and who have demonstrated their support of women in our community. They may have acted as mentors, role models or advocates for other women.

To be eligible for an award, nominees must live or work in Burlington County for at least the past year. The awards are sponsored by the Women’s Advisory Council and the Burlington County Commissioners.

The 2022 awards will feature new categories recognizing women veterans or military service members and social service leaders. The corporate leadership award has also been expanded to business leadership no matter the size of the company.

The other categories are community service and volunteerism, diversity/inclusion, education/mentorship, first responder, government, health care and law/law enforcement.

“The Women’s Advisory Council is excited to continue this long standing tradition of recognizing women in leadership roles right here in Burlington County,” said Hopson, who serves as a liaison to the Women’s Advisory Council. “This year, we added new categories to recognize incredible women who have served in our nation’s military and those helping to take care of our most vulnerable residents in social services. We also changed our corporate leadership category to business leadership to ensure that leaders of small businesses have the opportunity to be recognized.”

The council is accepting nominations to recognize and present scholarships to three outstanding 12th grade female students in Burlington County. The scholarships will include the “Alice Paul Champion Award”, the “Celeste Arties Memorial Award” and the “Elizabeth Coleman White STEM Award”. The council is pleased to be awarding three Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to each award recipient.

“From Alice Paul and Elizabeth White to Charity Still and Carli Lloyd, Burlington County has been blessed with great women throughout our history, and we want to continue to shine the spotlight on women who have accomplished amazing things,” Hopson said. “If you know of a woman who deserves this recognition, please nominate her. We want to celebrate our county’s women achievers and leaders, and empower the next generation to accomplish even more.”

Guidelines and nomination forms can be obtained by visiting https://www.co.burlington.nj.us/268/Programs. For any questions, or to submit nomination forms, email womenscouncil@co.burlington.nj.us.

Winners will be announced later in the year. To view a list of the 2021 Award Honorees, visit: https://www.co.burlington.nj.us/267/Outstanding-Women-of-Burlington.

The Burlington County Women’s Advisory Council works to identify and address issues that affect women in Burlington County, raise public awareness of the special needs and roles of women and enhance the quality of life for all women. For more information follow the Council on Facebook at @BurlingtonCountyWomen or visit: http://co.burlington.nj.us/263/Womens-Advisory-Council.

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