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Governor's Awards for Excellence in Public Service


Heritage Award

Key Traits: resourcefulness, determination and personal integrity, overcoming obstacles to do what’s right and to enrich our heritage of customer service

Telegraph Award (Excellence in Technology)

Key Traits: one who seeks new technologies that enable us to better serve the citizens of ND, combining the ideal of service with the most advanced technology available

Pioneer Award (Excellence in Innovation)

Key Traits: a drive to innovate and an eagerness to embrace the opportunities found in change, seeking the best and most efficient way to work

Zezula Award (One Who Helps)

Key Traits: the use of skills and knowledge to help others in our community of public servants, taking action when necessary and lending support where needed

Landmark Award (Excellence in Management)

Key Traits: a manager who has generated a remarkable spirit of unity and purpose in their department, allowing the team to accomplish something of true value

Frontier Award (Excellence in Continuous Learning)

Key Traits: one who actively seeks new frontiers of learning by increasing their knowledge and introducing peers to new skills and tools that make them more effective

Harvest Award (Excellence in Quality)

Key Traits: exceptional commitment to quality, demonstrated every day, month after month

Roaming Bison Award (Team)

Key Traits: team within an agency or across multiple state agencies that demonstrates exceptional innovation, problem-solving, use of technology, customer service, or commitment to excellence

For a complete description of the awards, please visit the ND Council of State Employees website

How To Nominate

  • Complete the online nomination form 
  • Include the Following:

    • 300-600 word narrative on how the nominee embodies the traits described in the respective category
    • Specific examples that paint a picture of how the nominee embodies the attitudes, values, and 21st Century skills that are vital to our collective  success serving the citizens of North Dakota

Nominations are accepted year-round but should be submitted by late August each year to be considered for that year's awards, which will be announced during the State Employee Recognition Week in September.

Contact a member of the Staff Recognition Committee if you have any questions about the categories or the process.

NDSU also has staff recognition awards.  To read the criteria for those awards, please visit the Staff Recognition Award page of our website.


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