JJC Accepting Nominations for J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award Through April 19

Do you know an individual who deserves to be recognized for their extraordinary service to the community? Joliet Junior College is seeking nominations for its annual J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award (ESA). Award nominations are due April 19, 2024. 

Complete Nomination Form
Established in 2004 by the JJC Board of Trustees in honor of President Emeritus J.D. Ross, the award recognizes outstanding community service performed in Illinois Community College District 525 in the areas of:   

  • Humanitarian Service - promotes social reform, human welfare, aids society through philanthropy, etc. 
  • Distinguished Public Service - non-paid service through business, government, organizations, etc. 
  • Scholarly Service - academic achievement or studies, etc. in making a difference for the greater good. 
  • Creative Attainment - originality and expressiveness, etc. in making a difference for the greater good. 

Community members are welcome to nominate someone who should be recognized for extraordinary service in at least one of the areas listed above. 

The J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award is the highest honor bestowed by the college. Previous recipients include Michael A. Clark, Nicholas Macris, Lynne Lichtenauer, Glen Marcum, H. James Baum and Louise Ray.

View all ESA award winners through the years

View the complete nomination guidelines

All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2024. Nominations received after that date will be considered for the following year. Individuals can be nominated through our J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award form. Nominations can also be mailed or hand-delivered to the Communications & External Relations Office, Room A-3119: 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, Illinois, 60431. 

District 525 encompasses large portions of Will and Grundy counties, as well as southern Kendall County, northern Livingston County, southeastern La Salle County, southeastern DuPage County, and northwestern Kankakee County. 

For more information, contact Carly Ringo at 815-280-2659 or email communications@jjc.edu

Complete nomination form