OneJax Accepting 2019 Humanitarian Award Nominations

OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida is seeking nominations for the 2019 Humanitarian Awards, which will be presented on April 11, 2019. We are currently requesting nominations from the community to honor those who have given generously of themselves and have exhibited the highest personal and professional integrity.

Jacksonville has a long and significant history of local leaders dedicated to improving our community. Since 1970, OneJax has honored more than 150 men and women who have used their influence, time and money to make a lasting impact on a quality of life that benefits everyone living here.

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee made up of OneJax board members and former honorees. Selections are based solely upon the following criteria:

  • History of community service through long-term involvement in civic, religious, nonprofit or professional/business organizations
  • Dedication to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in the Jacksonville area
  • Impeccable personal and professional integrity
  • Sustained commitment to humanitarian ideals
  • History of placing humanitarian concerns above self-interest
  • Realistic humility about his/her importance in the world

Nominations will be accepted for the OneJax Silver Medallion, which honors those who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our community. In addition, we are seeking nominations for the Dr. Gaston Acosta-Rua Young Professionals Award, which recognizes a young professional who is already making a significant impact on strengthening the community through their time, talent and treasure. The award is named for a founding NCCJ Board member (predecessor organization of OneJax) and Silver Medallion honoree who dedicated his life to upholding the values of the organization.

“The input we receive from the community is critical to the selection process,” said Executive Director of OneJax, Nancy Broner. “There are so many people doing good work and making a difference in and around Jacksonville. The nominations we receive from the community shine a light on the potential Humanitarian Award candidates — deserving people who might not otherwise be recognized for their contributions. We hope everyone will consider submitting a nomination for someone whose work is worthy of these prestigious honors.”

Nominations must be submitted on the official nomination form available online. The form, along with a written statement detailing how the nominee meets the criteria outlined above, must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Sept. 28. Any individual or group may submit a nomination for the OneJax Humanitarian Awards.

Through education, community building and advocacy, OneJax Institute at UNF works to make Northeast Florida a better place for everyone by celebrating differences and identifying all we have in common. For more information, go to or call (904) 620-1JAX.