The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards honors individuals who demonstrate the transformative power of service, and who are driving significant and sustained impact through their everyday actions and words that light the path for other points of light. The 2021 Awards Celebration was held in-person in New York City and livestreamed for a global audience on September 28, 2021. Click below to watch a recording of this global event.  

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About the Awards

President George H.W. Bush believed that every societal problem is being solved somewhere by a group or an individual. The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards honors outstanding individuals advancing solutions in ways that demonstrate the extraordinary traits of our 41st president: integrity, empathy, respect, optimism, conviction in the face of opposition, and belief in the power of the human spirit to create positive change.

Inspiration Honor Roll

As part of this year's Awards Celebration, the Points of Light Inspiration Honor Roll will lift up stories of hope and resilience by everyday citizens who have demonstrated the courage and conviction to create positive change and tackle unique challenges. 

Nominate a volunteer, a neighbor who helped another or someone who used their voice to champion a cause. Select nominees will be featured during the Awards Celebration program. To be considered for a feature, please submit your nomination by May 31, 2021.

Highlights from the Third Annual Awards Celebration

The third annual celebration of The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards Celebration was held on Sept. 28, 2021 in-person in New York City and livestreamed for a global audience. Awards Celebration co-chairs included Barbara Bush, Victor and Patricia Ganzi, Jenna Bush Hager, Lauren Bush Lauren and Wendy Wear Stapleton.

Highlights from the Second Annual Awards Celebration

The second annual celebration of The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards, a livestream experience celebrating the transformative power of the human spirit, was held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Awards Celebration co-chairs included Barbara and Craig Coyne, Jenna Bush Hager and Henry Hager and Wendy Stapleton.

Highlights from the Inaugural Awards Gala

The Inaugural Awards Gala was held on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. Presidents George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama graciously served as honorary co-chairs of the Awards Gala. Lauren Bush Lauren and Ray Chambers served as the inaugural co-chairs.

Hugh Evans - 2021 Honoree

Co-founder & CEO, Global Citizen

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Founder, Francine A. LeFrak Foundation and the Same Sky Foundation Fund

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Founder, Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium

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Founder & Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative

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Marc and Lynne Benioff - 2020 Honorees

Co-founder, Chair & CEO, Salesforce
Co-chairs, TIME

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Hamdi Ulukaya - 2020 HONOREE

Founder & CEO, Chobani
Founder, Tent Partnership for Refugees

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Captain Sir Thomas Moore - 2020 Honoree

Founder, The Captain Tom Foundation

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Shreyaa and Esha Venkat - 2020 Honorees

Co-founders, NEST4US

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Garth Brooks - 2019 Honoree

Points of Light recognized Garth Brooks with The Inaugural George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award for Caring and Compassion.

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Maria Rose Belding - 2019 Honoree

Founder, MEANS Database

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Khloe Thompson - 2019 Honoree

Founder, Khloe Kares

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