The Wilmington Awards

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The City of Wilmington is pleased to announce that nominations are being accepted for the 16th Annual Wilmington Awards and the Access Wilmington Awards.

The Wilmington Awards recognizes outstanding accomplishments of distinguished Wilmington citizens and/or citizens who serve Wilmington, excelling in the fields of the arts, athletics, business, education, environment, and health or science. It also recognizes individuals for their community service, heroism, contributions to the faith community, and dedication to the cause of human and civil rights. Senior citizens will be recognized for their life-long accomplishments in one or more of the categories listed on the attached form.

As an addition to the Wilmington Awards, an Executive Order was issued to establish the Thomas L. Cottingham Good Samaritan Award. The Executive Order states, “that the selfless act of courage and humanity performed by Thomas will forever live on and be remembered; to ensure Thomas is not forgotten, in his honor individuals who perform superior acts of bravery and kindness from this point forward will be recognized and awarded the Thomas L. Cottingham Samaritan Award.”

Wilmington Awards eligibility is based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Leadership in community-building
  • Advocacy for educational excellence
  • Selfless act of courage and superior act of bravery
  • Furthering economic opportunity
  • Promotion of social justice
  • Advancing cultural awareness
  • Involvement with music and the arts to promote greater understanding and acceptance

Previous award recipients between 2010-2017 are ineligible.

The Access Wilmington Awards are designed to recognize those in the greater community of the City of Wilmington who are going above and beyond to open doors and create opportunities for people living with disabilities and their families. It recognizes individuals in the categories of Accessibility to the Arts, Accessibility to Resources, Community Involvement, Employment/Business Ownership By and For the Disabled.

Access Wilmington Awards eligibility is based on exemplifying excellence “beyond the ordinary” in helping to progress:

  • Accessibility to the Arts
  • Accessibility to Resources
  • Community Involvement
  • Employment/Business Ownership by and for the Disabled

The deadline to submit nominations is Tuesday, July 31, 2018. The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Council Chambers at the Louis L. Redding City/County Building, 800 N. French Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801.

Submit Your Nomination Online or Via Mail, Fax or Email


Visit this link to download a PDF version of the nomination form.

Paper versions of the nomination form are also available. Visit the Office of Mayor Michael S. Purzycki at the Louis L. Redding City/County Building, 800 North French Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801 to pick up a form.

Via Email:, with the Subject Line referencing "The Wilmington Awards" 
Via Fax:  (302) 571-4102, Attention: Lossie M. Freeman 
Via US Mail:  The Wilmington Awards
Attn:  Lossie M. Freeman
800 North French Street, 3rd Floor
Wilmington, Delaware 19801