Foundation Awards, Prizes and Grants

Awards, Prizes and Grants presented by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation


Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service

Each year, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation awards the Medal for Distinguished Public Service to persons who have served the public good in the private and public sector. The award is presented during a ceremony held in June at the Foundation’s annual dinner in Washington, D.C. The Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service recognizes outstanding public contributions by individuals who reflect the qualities demonstrated by President Ford during his public service career: Strength of character, Integrity, Trustworthiness, Fidelity to principles in decision making, Sound judgment, Decisiveness (particularly during periods of crisis), Determination in the face of adversity, Diligence, Self-confidence balanced with respect for the views of others, Self-discipline in personal life.


Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prizes for Reporting on the Presidency and on National Defense

Each year, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation awards two distinguished journalism prizes, one for reporting on the Presidency and the other for reporting on National Defense. These prizes, initiated in 1988, recognize reportorial excellence and the fostering of better public understanding of the presidency and national defense. Each year the two prizes are presented to the winners at a reception and luncheon in Washington, D.C. and include a $5,000 award, one for each prize.


Gerald R. Ford Student Essay Challenge

Each year the theme for the President Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge reflects on an important part of Gerald R. Ford’s character. High school students from public, private, city, suburban, rural and home schools participate in the contest. 18 finalists are chosen and recognized at a special evening awards program at the Museum on President’s Day. The Essay Challenge is a collaboration between the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum.


Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library Research Grants and Award Programs

Two programs are available to support research in the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. These holdings focus on federal policies, U.S. foreign relations, and national politics in the 1960s and 1970s with also earlier and later materials depending upon your topic. The programs include The Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award (Dissertation Award) in Honor of Robert Teeter in the amount of $5,000 and several Research Travel Grants of up to $2,000.

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