It's time to recognize and reward exceptional direct service workers. Every profession has a means to recognize excellence - Oscars, Grammys, Halls of Fame - we believe the social services sector needs a similar award. Since our inception in 2007, the Superstar Foundation has developed and refined a mechanism for highlighting exceptional work in direct service delivery. Veronica Awards reinforce the importance of using data to drive results. Superstars motivate, inspire and support their clients and use data to ensure their efforts lead to the intended outcomes.

Each Veronica Award winner receives a check from the Superstar Foundation and has their story and data memorialized in our web-site so that they can serve as peer-leaders in the sector. Since 2007, the Foundation has made 29 awards for a total of $160,000.

Veronica Award Judging Process

Applications for Veronica Awards are accepted through the Superstar Foundation web-site each year end-September and mid-November. Awards are made in mid-December. The only way to nominate someone for a Veronica award is through the Superstar Foundation Website. All applications will go through the following process:

  • Superstars are more than the stories they tell. Applications/nominations must be accompanied by de-identified data that substantiates the superior performance of the candidate. Great data accounts for 60% of the scoring!
  • While there may be many Superstars in a single organization, the Foundation will not award two Superstars in the same organization in the same year.
  • Applications are reviewed and scored by "first round" judges. The top 10% of the applications received are then reviewed and scored by a 3 member panel of the Superstar Foundation Board to determine the ten best applications/nominations. These candidates will move forward to the final round for scoring by the full Board of the Superstar Foundation.
  • Reference questionnaires are reviewed in the final round.

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All winners must provide the Superstar Foundation with a picture of themselves (jpeg or gif file) and approve a press release written on their behalf before they will receive their award. Checks are made payable to the applicant or nominee directly.

Want to be inspired? Check Examples of High Performing Direct Service Workers in Our Virtual Hall of Fame.

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