Quality of Nomination

You as nominator obviously believe that your candidate is worthy to receive the particular award for which you are nominating him/her. Therefore, it is up to you, through the quality of your documentation, to assist the Awards Committee, in viewing the achievements of your candidate as you do.

The importance of the quality of the nomination itself, and of the supporting endorsement letters, cannot be overemphasized. The nomination and endorsements should be as specific, accurate, and complete as possible. It is imperative that the true merits of your candidate be conveyed through this information. Keep in mind that in some cases those involved in the selection process may have no personal knowledge of the candidate and rely heavily on the documentation for the information they need to make reasonable judgments.

Prior Awards received from MAHC

Find out if you nominee has received prior Awards from MAHC. 

  • A high degree of overlap between prior awards and new awards should be avoided since an individual can only receive one honor in recognition for the same achievement.

  • The receipt of one MAHC honor shall not bar the recipient from another MAHC honor provided it is for a different accomplishment.


nominators should focus only on the achievements and recognition’s related to the specific award.

The selection of supporters is important.  A supporter should be in a position to substantiate the candidate’s contribution(s) by providing explicit detail from personal knowledge. The quality of supporter should be considered.  At least one of the reference letters should come from the nominee’s organization.


  • To avoid potential conflicts of interest, participation of nominators and references that have a monetary relationship with, or are immediate superiors of, a nominee is strongly discouraged. If the nominators are close professional or business associates of the nominee, make sure that the references include names of those outside the immediate associates of the nominee. 


Give complete statements of the specific ways in which the nominee meets the requirements for the honor. 

  • Remember that the judges of your nominee have nothing on which to base their judgment except the facts in your nomination letter. 

  • The statement of qualifications should be a narrative summary with heavy emphasis on the accomplishments that make the nominee worthy of the honor.

  • It should be clear and succinct, yet complete.