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 was established by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2003 and 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.
Recipients of the Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service
2017 Award Recipient: Jimmy Carter
2016 Award Recipient: George H.W. Bush
2015 Award Recipients: Carl Levin and John Dingell
2014 Award Recipient: John O. Marsh, Jr.
2013 Award Recipient: Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.)
2012 Award Recipient: Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill
2011 Award Recipient: William T. Coleman
2010 Award Recipient: Dr. Henry Kissinger
2009 Award Recipient: Justice John Paul Stevens
2008 Award Recipient: Carla A. Hills
2007 Award Recipients: James A. Baker & Lee H. Hamilton
2006 Award Recipients: Armed Forces Branches
2005 Award Recipient: Betty Ford
2004 Award Recipient: Dick Cheney & Don Rumsfeld
2003 Award Recipient: Alan Greenspan