Outstanding Young Adult/Wisconsinite

The form for the next round of applications will be posted here as soon as it is available.

JCI Wisconsin offers two excellent programs to recognize up to ten individuals between the ages of 14 and 40 who exemplify the best attributes of the Wisconsin’s young people. Nominations are received in the following ten categories:

  1. Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment
  2. Political, legal, and/or governmental affairs
  3. Academic leadership and/or accomplishment
  4. Cultural achievement
  5. Moral and/or environmental leadership
  6. Contribution to children, world peace, and/or human rights
  7. Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership
  8. Scientific and/or technological development
  9. Personal improvement and/or accomplishment
  10. Medical innovation

Honorees selected in past years have represented the heights of progress in all human endeavors. Many have gone on to even greater achievements. All have continued to serve humanity in a great variety of ways.

JCI Wisconsin annually honors (up to five) Outstanding Young Adults (OYA) and (up to five) Outstanding Young Wisconsinites (OYW) each year at the ceremony held during the JCI Wisconsin Mid-Year Convention held every September. The ceremony highlights each winner’s career in narrative form and provides a stage from which the honorees can challenge and inspire young people from around the world. For each honoree, there is a presentation profiling his/her accomplishments, followed by an award presentation, and an acceptance speech.

Young men and women may be nominated for either OYA or OYW. A panel of distinguished judges select honorees. Up to ten top honorees are selected from all nominations received, regardless of category entered.

Outstanding Young Adult (OYA): The Outstanding Young Adults award recognizes excellence in youth. The award is open to young adults ages 14-24. Local JCI chapters, JCI support organizations, and communities are encouraged to submit candidates for this award. Candidates from Wisconsin who excel in academics, leadership and/or community service compete for this prestigious award.

Outstanding Young Wisconsinite (OYW): The Outstanding Young Wisconsinite award recognizes excellence. The award is open to Wisconsin residents ages 25-40. Local JCI chapters, JCI support organizations, and communities are encouraged to submit candidates for this award. Candidates from Wisconsin should be submitted for achievement in one or more of the following areas: business or civic leadership, community service, government service, athletic accomplishment.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Community Vice President at communityvp@jciwisconsin.org