Iowa Character Awards

Character Counts In Iowa annually presents the Iowa Character Awards to Iowans who consistently demonstrate good character.  Since 2005, more than 100 individuals and organizations from across the state have received an Iowa Character Award.

Get started on a 2014 nomination form.

View the 2013 recipient vignettes here!

Congratulations to our 2013 Iowa Character Award Winners!

Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award: Don Adams, Ph.D., Des Moines
Aaron Eilerts Community Service Award: Lauren Larson, Iowa City
Business/Organization of Character Award: Paws & Effect, Des Moines
Mascot of Character Award: TC, The Cat, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls
Character Champion Award: Pat Powers, Duncombe
Citizen of Character Award: Tito Parker, Sioux City
Citizen of Character Award: Sarah Wilson, Eagle Grove
Community of Character Award: Pella
Educator of Character Award: Doug Cutler, Pella
Partner of the Year: UnityPoint Health, Des Moines
Pursuing Victory With Honor: CAM Cougar Football Team, Anita
School of Character Award: Sibley-Ocheyedan Elementary, Sibley

Honorable Mentions:

Aaron Eilerts Community Service Award: Jim & Jane Knopick, Iowa City
Business/Organization of Character Award: Isiserettes Drill & Drum Corps, Des Moines
Citizen of Character Award: Wayne Dunbar, Van Meter
Citizen of Character Award: Nathan Ritz, West Des Moines
Citizen of Character Award: Jacqueline Colarusso, Bettendorf
Citizen of Character Award: Jordan George, Des Moines
Educator of Character Award: Mike Lawler, Davenport
Educator of Character Award: Joyce Bechtel, Cherokee
Pursuing Victory With Honor: Cedar Falls Women’s Cross Country, Cedar Falls
School of Character Award: Ottumwa High School, Ottumwa
School of Character Award: Feelhaver Elementary, Fort Dodge


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