Iowa Character Awards

We annually present the Iowa Character Awards.  Since 2005, we have recognized more than 100 Iowans for showing good character.

Nominations are now available for the 2015 Iowa Character Awards.

Click here to get started on your nomination.


  • Nominees must be living in Iowa.
  • Nominee can not be a previous recipient of an Iowa Character Award in the previous five years.
  • The Robert D. & Billie Ray Center’s staff, paid consultants and National Advisory Committee are not eligible for an award.


Nomination Process

  • Complete the nomination form by answering six essay questions telling us how your nominee consistently demonstrates good character.
  • Attach up to six pages of supporting documents (letters of recommendation, press clippings, certificates, etc).
  • Nominations must be submitted before May 12, 2015.
  • Nominees will be notified by mail by June 30, 2015.


Awards Dinner

  • All nominees and recipients are invited to attend the Iowa Character Awards dinner on July 31 Friday  at Prairie Meadows Events and Conference Center.  Look for more information about the awards dinner this summer.


Congrats to the 2014 recipients!

Educator of Character: Scott Jeske, Eagle Grove

Citizen of Character (Youth): Rose Eischeid, Carroll

Citizen of Character (Adult): Milton Cole, W. Des Moines

Organization of Character: Freedom Quilts, Fonda

Aaron Eilerts Service Award: Emma Rittgers, Ankeny

School District of Character: Ottumwa School District

School of Character: Clear Creek Elementary School, Clear Lake

Pursuing Victory With Honor: Drake University Athletics, Des Moines

Community: New Hampton

Champion: Bruce Clark, Waterloo

Service Dog: Puppy Jake, Des Moines

Partner of the Year: Wells Fargo

Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award: Jim Aipperspach, Clive


2014 Honorable Mention recipients

Sydney Coloff, Cedar Falls

Dr. Richard Deming, Des Moines

Jordan George, Des Moines

Tanner Johansen, Des Moines

Deanne Mundt, Urbandale

Aiddy Phomvisay, Marshalltown

Barb Tigges, W. Des Moines

Ginna Walker, Waterloo

Behind the Mask, Iowa City

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