Stay Tuned For 2019 Be More Finalists!

Finalists to be announced on December 21st.

Empowered

Ultimate Medical Academy
Small Nonprofit Award

Recognizes an organization with a budget under $500,000 and despite its modest size, has a major positive impact on our community.

Relevant

Best Use of Video Award

Recognizes an organization with the best short video that has the power to compel someone to seek services, volunteer time, or support the organization financially.

Inspiring

Rising Star Award

Recognizes an individual, under the age of 21, who has distinguished himself or herself in the community.

Entrepreneurial

Engaged Philanthropist Award

Recognizes an individual who has distinguished himself or herself in the nonprofit community by engaging entrepreneurial skills and expertise.

Involved

Mason Dixon Award
for Volunteerism

Bestowed upon the individual, family or group that has lent a unique voice to bring awareness, credence, support, or action to an issue or cause.

Humble

People’s Choice Award

Exhibits the connection and relationship the organization has with the community and the people it serves.

Eligibility

The WEDU Be More Awards are open to all nonprofit organizations located in the WEDU PBS viewing area.

This includes: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Desoto, Highlands, Hardee, Polk, Osceola, Orange, Lake, Sumter, Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco Counties.

The submission of an application or nomination is free of charge to all nonprofit organizations.

  • Organizations may apply in more than one category by submitting a separate and distinct application packet.
  • All campaigns, events, projects, and programs must have occurred between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018.
  • Application packets must be submitted in an organized and cohesive manner using the official 2019 WEDU Be More Awards application available for download. Submissions not meeting this condition will not be eligible for an award.
  • All submissions become the property of WEDU PBS and will not be returned.

The winning organizations and individuals will be announced during the WEDU Be More Awards luncheon on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center. (Tickets are required to attend.)

Rules

The WEDU Be More Awards consist of a variety of categories. Please review the categories to determine the format of your submission. Some categories will require a completed, printed and signed application with supporting materials, while other categories require an online nomination.

If the category you are applying for requires a completed, printed and signed application, all requested information must be included or the applying organization will not be eligible for an award.

For application categories:

  • Include 2-4 examples of materials supporting your application that demonstrates why your organization is the most deserving of a WEDU Be More Award.
  • Applications must include a current copy of organization IRS determination letter indicating 501(c)(3) status.
  • Submitting organizations must include six (6) identical submission packets including your 2-4 examples to be distributed for judging. Copies of your WEDU Be More Awards application must be included with each packet. Applications and supporting materials will not be returned.

Award applications must be postmarked by October 30, 2018. WEDU is located at 1300 N Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607. Applications may be delivered to WEDU Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hand-delivered applications must arrive by 5 p.m. on October 30, 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Judging

Final judging for the 14th Annual WEDU Be More Awards will take place from November 9, 2018 to December 14, 2018. The WEDU Be More Awards judges are impartial business, philanthropic and civic leaders from the WEDU viewing area. Judges will not review any organization’s application with which they have a personal or professional affiliation. All applications will be screened by WEDU staff members to ensure application criteria are met. Judges will not review incomplete applications. All judging is based on a point system. Top nominees in each category will be notified via telephone and a letter from WEDU no later than January 7, 2019. All decisions are final.

Over the years, we have collected a number of great ideas and suggestions from our WEDU Be More Awards judges. We hope you will take a few moments and review these helpful hints in order to make the most of your application submission. Good luck!

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