City of Jacksonville

2014 Hispanic Leadership Award Nomination Form
Do you know someone who has shown to be an advocate for the Jacksonville Hispanic community? Someone who is or is becoming a leader in his or her field? If so, nominate them for the Mayor’s Hispanic Leadership Awards (MHL Awards). Please send us names of individuals you think go above and beyond, and add a paragraph or two about why they deserve to be recognized. Individuals will be judged on civic involvement, professional development, and leadership. Candidates should have achieved professional success or be active at a board level or a civic organization. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

Award Categories

The MHL Awards will recognize proven leaders in their field within nine (9) categories: Government; Education; Health; Faith-Based; Music, Art & Culture; Business; Non-Profit; Lifetime Achievement and Visionary Leader. The Visionary Leader Award* is a candidate that is growing and rising in his or her field. Individuals nominated demonstrate using their professional accomplishments and community involvement to positively influence change in the Hispanic Community of Duval County. 

About the nomination form

  • Only nominations submitted to the MHL Awards Committee on this form will be considered.
  • Fill out the nomination form completely.
  • Supporting information may be attached to this form but will not be considered as the sole source. For example, a resume will NOT replace the nomination form.
  • Deadline is August 15, 2014. No exceptions.
  • Nominees must live or work in Duval County.

2014 Hispanic Leadership Award Question & Answers

Who is eligible?

Anyone of Hispanic descent who has a proven track record of making a difference in the Duval County community for the past 5 years and has not previously received a MHL Award and lives or works in Duval County.

What are the criteria?

We look for a cross-section of people from a wide range of categories/industries represented in Jacksonville:  Government; Education; Health; Faith Based; Non-Profit; Music; Art & Culture; Visionary Leader (ages 21-40); Lifetime Achievement – proven leader in his/her field.

How do I nominate someone?

Simply fill out the online application form below.  Upload a resume/cv and photo of the nominee.

What is the deadline for nominations?

August 15, 2014.

Can I call you to make sure you received my online form?

No.  Please resist the urge to make follow-up calls as we process the applications in the order received.

Should I send you a nomination form using the online form and then fax you a copy of it and then send you a hard copy too?

No; this will not be necessary, and we do not accept faxes or hard copies. 

How will I know that my nomination has been received?

Once a nomination has been successfully submitted, the nominator will receive an email confirmation.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, please resubmit your nomination.  Questions may be sent to

How will I know if my nominee has been chosen for the MHL Awards?  What can I expect if he/she is chosen?

We will contact the nominees once the final selection has been made with a personal invitation to attend an awards ceremony and reception along with a guest.  All nominees will be contacted by October 2, 2014.

When will the selection be announced?

At the Mayor’s Hispanic Leadership Awards reception on October 6th, 2014

What are the qualifications for the MHL Awards?

The key qualities include success in his or her career, community involvement, and a track record of making a difference in the Duval County community for the past 5 years.  Nominees must be of Hispanic descent.

Who decides who will be a MHL Awards Recipient?

An Awards Committee comprised of members of the Mayor’s Hispanic American Advisory Board (MHAAB) will select award recipients from the nominees. 

I want to nominate someone, but can I remain anonymous?

We do not share nominator information, and we do need to know who you are.

I want to nominate someone, but would it be better if someone higher up nominated her?  Can I nominate a family member?

You may nominate yourself, a client, a family member, your supervisor, an employee or an acquaintance.  The most important thing is that you state clear, objective reasons for the nomination.    It is helpful for a nominator to be in a position to be objective, but no one is disqualified based on his/her relation to the nominee. 

Does it help if many people nominate the same person?

No.  The first nomination received for an individual is the one that is reviewed by the committee.  No additional points are given for multiple nominations.

In the nomination form, you ask why the person should be nominated and you have a 1,000 character limit.  That isn’t enough room for me to tell everything about the nominee.  How do I send additional information such as a resume or extended biography?

Try to be concise and provide objective data in the nomination.  Provide factual information such as the number of years served and roles on boards and organizations, impact to the community, previous awards, professional success, and service as a mentor/role model.  A resume/cv and photo of the nominee are required as part of the nomination process. 

How does the process work?

After we receive a nomination, the MHAAB Awards Committee will hold a series of meetings to determine who will be chosen. 

Hispanic Leadership Award Nomination Form