Award for Outstanding Young Professional

Below is the online nomination process for the Award for Outstanding Young Professional.

Every year, AFP highlights the work of up to five young professionals under the age of 31 who have already been successful in demonstrating exemplary, creative and innovative work in their careers, as well as a strong commitment to the profession, including engagement with AFP and community and volunteer work.

Please Note: The Award for Outstanding Young Professional has a new nomination process and nomination deadline that is different than other awards. In summary, the process is two-fold:

  1. Any member or chapter can recommend a young member of AFP (under the age of 31 at the deadline date for nominations, Nov. 1, 2019) for nomination for the award. That recommendation must be received by AFP Global by Oct. 1, 2019.
  2. The recommended nominee (or someone on their behalf) will then be sent a link to an online nomination form, which must then be completed and submitted by Nov. 1, 2019.

Nominees will be considered for the award based on the responses to the criteria below.

Part 1: Recommendation

Any member or chapter can recommend a young member of AFP for the Outstanding Young Professional Award (and members are free to self-nominate) by sending an email to This email must contain:

  1. The young professional’s name, organization and contact information.
  2. A 200-word blurb on the young professional’s accomplishments to date and why they should be nominated for the award.

The young professional must meet the following criteria to be considered for the award:

  • Be a current AFP member in any category.
  • Be under the age of 31 on the nomination deadline date: November 1, 2019.

This email recommendations must be received by Oct. 1, 2019. Assuming the above two criteria are met, AFP will send the young professional nominee a message saying that they have been recommended as a nominee for this award and encouraging them to complete the Outstanding Young Professional nomination form (a link to this online form will be provided at that time).

Part 2: Nomination Form

Nominees who have been recommended by Oct. 1 will be responsible for ensuring their nominations are submitted by the deadline date: Nov. 1, 2019. The nominee or someone on their behalf, including a chapter, must submit the nomination form online through the AFP award portal (a link to this online form will be provided at that time).