Leadership Texarkana is requesting nominations from the community for the organization’s annual Wilbur Awards for exemplary community leadership.

The Wilbur Awards are presented annually to individuals, organizations, and student leaders who epitomize the power of one entity or individual to positively impact our community or region as models of effective leadership and of working together for excellence, pride and progress for our community.

The award is named in memory of Wilbur Smith. Anyone in our area is eligible to nominate - or to be awarded - a Wilbur Award. Strong nominees will have a history of collaborating in the community to build strong partnerships.

Awards chair Rae Thigpen says, “In particular, we are interested in lifting up individuals and organizations who are working toward the community excellence which citizens have long valued, including work that enhances or safeguards our educational riches, cultural riches, our community’s beauty, or our citizens’ personal well-being, as well as efforts that reflect our community’s commitment to working smart to achieve the best future for all residents.”

Nominations may be made electronically or on paper forms; online nomination forms will be available after February 1 – online, at the Leadership Texarkana website or by emailing leadershiptxk@cableone.net; or paper forms will be made available by calling 903-792-0011. Completed nomination forms and supporting materials must be received at the Leadership Texarkana office by March 1, 2016. Winners will be announced and honored at Leadership Texarkana’s annual lunch with leaders on Tuesday, April 12.