Honorees

Over the years, we’ve been proud to honor individuals who have displayed character throughout their lives through their words and actions. Here are the recipients of the prestigious Sanford N. McDonnell Lifetime Achievement Award (the “Sandy Award”) and the American Patriot Award.

Sanford N. McDonnell Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year, Character.org honors one individual for his or her long and steadfast commitment to the field of character education. The person so honored receives the prestigious “Sanford N. McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education.”

Clifton Taulbert

2019

Scott Raecker

2018

Charles Haynes

Charles Haynes

2017

Joseph Gauld

2016

Edward DeRoche

2015

Kristin Danielson Fink

Kristin Danielson Fink

2014

Maurice Elias

Maurice Elias

2013

Jacques Benninga

Jacques Benninga

2012

The American Patriot Award

The American Patriot of Character Award recognizes citizens of great character whose leadership and service exemplify the very best of our nation’s founding principles and ideals.

John Lewis

2015

Sandra Day O'Connor

2014

Richard Pieper

2013

Norman Augustine

Norman Augustine

2012

S. Truett Cathy

S. Truett Cathy

2011

Colin Powell

Colin Powell

2010

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