Selection criteria for Medalists:
The ELLIS ISLAND MEDALS OF HONOR are awarded annually to a group of distinguished living American citizens who meet one or more of the following criteria:
EXEMPLIFIES a life dedicated to the American way of hard work, self-improvement and community service.
PRESERVES and celebrates the history, traditions, and values of his or her ancestry group(s).
DEDICATES himself or herself to support and defend the values of American life.
BUILDS bridges between ethnic, racial, and religious groups in the U.S. and/or abroad.
REINFORCES the bonds between an American heritage group and its land(s) of origin.
NURTURES the life of a particular ethnic or heritage group, enabling that group to participate more fully in American society.
SHARES his or her personal and professional gifts with the local, national, or international community.
CONTRIBUTES distinguished service to humanity in any field, profession, or occupation.
Alfred Marshall Acuff, Jr. Michael W. Allen, PhD Nancy Arabian Carol Baldwin Michael D. Benn...