What to Say on an Award Certificate
Sometimes a hint, or a simple suggestion, is all it takes to get started writing an excellent award. For example, an award certificate for service might include a concise description of what the recipient has done for the organization or community. Key words such as "commitment" and "dedication" should be included, to establish the outstanding character of the person being recognized. The wording could be something like:
Outstanding Service Award: Presented to [NAME] in sincere appreciation of 5 years of dedicated service to the Civic Hero Community Center. Award presented by the CHCC Board of Trustees.
Wording for an athletic accomplishment should include the season for which it is awarded, as well as the league or organization which sponsors the recipients participation.
Coach's Award: Presented to [NAME] for outstanding character, leadership and athletic performance during the 2010-2011 basketball season with the Smithville Tigers of the Smithville Varsity League.
Leadership awards should include the position the recipient holds, the number of years in that position, and a few words on what the recipients leadership accomplished.
Exemplary Leadership Award: Presented to [NAME], under whose 5 years of leadership the GizmoGadget development team won five patents and two product of the year awards. Presented by Bill Smith, Chairman & CEO, XYZ Corporation.
One more thing, the name of the award should always be in large type so that the recipient and others can easily recognize that the award is for leadership, service, athletic performance, etc.
Now that we've provided looked at some examples and general tips for wording, let's look at some online resources that can help with the final product.