April 6, 2023
ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 20, 2017) — The Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans (“the Council”) is currently seeking nomination submissions for our 2017 Asian Pacific Minnesotans Leadership Awards.
Please help us honor outstanding Asian Pacific heritage individuals and/or groups who have given generously of their time and energy to serving and improving our Asian Pacific Minnesotan community.
A selection committee of Council board members will select the award recipients from the pool of nominations. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Envision Catering & Hospitality Center in Oakdale on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.
Awardees in the past have included the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota, Judge Gail Chang Bohr, Chang Wang, Bo Thao-Urabe, and the Cultural Society of Filipino Americans.
The Council honors individuals and/or organizations who have achieved one of the following:
  • Made significant contributions to the Asian Pacific Minnesotan community; or
  • Advanced systemic social, economic, or educational justice for and/or on behalf of Asian Pacific Minnesotans; or
  • Contributed to the well-being of others here in Minnesota and/or elsewhere in the world; or
  • Demonstrated visionary leadership and are under age 25.
Candidates are to be nominated under one or more of the following categories:
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Lifetime Service Award
  • Humanitarian Award
  • Individual Asian Pacific Minnesotans to Watch (under age 25)
Nomination submission guidelines:
  • Documents submitted will not be returned (items of personal value should not be submitted).
  • We suggest the nominator keep a copy of the materials for his/her record.
  • We must RECEIVE nomination materials no later than 5:00 P.M.Friday, June 23, 2017.
  • Submission packet may be emailed, mailed, or hand delivered to the following address:
2017 Asian Pacific Minnesotans Leadership Awards Nominations
Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans
658 Cedar Street, Suite 160
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
Email:  [email protected] 

Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans board members, staff, or their immediate family members MAY NOT submit nominations or write letters of support for any nominee. These same individuals may not be nominated for an award, though it is acceptable to have an affiliation with a nominated organization. Nominations for those who have previously received a Council Leadership Award will not be accepted. Additionally, nominator and co-nominators cannot be immediate family member or relatives of the nominee.


A submission packet must include the following:


  1. 1 – 2 page(s), typed letter from the nominator(s).
  2. Give a detailed description explaining why the nominee is a deserving candidate for an award.
  3. Describe the impact of the nominee’s contribution: who and how many have benefited from the nominee’s work.
  4. Include nomination category(s) from the list on Page 1.
  5. A Resume and a brief Biography of candidate (nominee may prepare documents).
  6. Photograph: Submit one 3” x 5” or 4” x 6” color photo.
  7. On a separate third page, please document the following for BOTH the nominee and the nominator:
  • Full, Correct Spelling of Name
  • Complete Mailing Address (including City, State, and ZIP Code)
  • Home Phone Number (including Area Code)
  • Work Phone Number (including Area Code)
  • Cell Phone Number (including Area Code)
  • Fax Number (including Area Code)
  • E-mail Address
If nominating an organization, list information above for two contacts.
  1. Copies of press coverage, newspaper articles, sample work, brief stories, history, etc. (encouraged if available)
  2. Letter(s) of Support: (Please read the disclaimer at the bottom of Page 1).
  • It would be helpful to have additional people supporting the nomination; it is most helpful if each writer can offer unique perspectives on the nominee.
  • It is highly recommended that each supporting person knows the nominee in distinct capacities and for a considerable length of time.
  • Letters should paint a well-informed, thorough testament of the nominee’s qualifications, make a case for strong consideration by the Selection Committee, and communicate confidence in nominators’ endorsement of the nominee.
Please read before submitting nominations:
(1) Co-nominators are allowed. It is the nominator’s responsibility to compile all the nomination materials and submit them in the manner outlined above and on Page 1 under Nomination Submission Guidelines. Nominees may not turn in the materials to the Council. (2) A nominee may be chosen for an award in a category other than the one listed by the nominator(s) if the Selection Committee deems there is compelling reason and cause.
For more information contact the Council at:
Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans
Centennial Office Building
658 Cedar St., Suite 160
St. Paul, MN 55155

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