Members Making a Difference Award

The Members Making a Difference award is the highest honor that a member can receive in the Academy's Volunteer Recognition Program. The award is distributed quarterly to an AAD member, chosen based on the significance of the work he/she has done and the uniqueness of the volunteer activity. All nominees will remain on the selection list for up to three years.

Award: Each winner will be honored with a plaque at the Recognition Reception during the follow year's Annual Meeting and will be profiled in Aspire Magazine. 


  • Significant commitment of time, energy, and resources.
  • Significant benefit to others as a result of their volunteerism. 
  • Extraordinary/unique volunteer activity.
  • Volunteer work is non-compensated and outside the realm of a paid position.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.