Golden Hoosier Award

Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate an active senior citizen in your community for the 2017 Golden Hoosier Award; we received a wonderful group of submissions this year! 

  • Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch
  • Dr. Jennifer Walthall, FSSA Secretary

The 2017 Golden Hoosier Award nomination period is now closed. 

From Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch: 

“What an honor it is to recognize Senior Hoosiers who impact our great cities and towns each day through their volunteering and dedication to their local communities. I would like to encourage everyone to nominate a special neighbor, but I am calling upon our Mayors, Town Councils, and community groups to take the time to recognize individuals who spend their time making our communities a better place for all of us and model lifelong service for our young people. We would love to see nominations from all across Indiana.”


The Golden Hoosier Award was established in 2008 to acknowledge and recognize outstanding seniors for their lifetime of service to their communities. Sponsored by the Office of Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch in collaboration and partnership with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration's Division of Aging, the Golden Hoosier Award is the highest honor bestowed on a senior in Indiana.

The ideal recipient is considered an unsung hero, who has not already received a Golden Hoosier Award, for the impact they have made in the lives of others and the community.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Golden Hoosier Award, the nominee must currently be:

  • An Indiana resident,
  • Age 65 or older, and
  • Have been a volunteer in the community for the past three years.

Nomination Forms 

To nominate a senior neighbor for the Golden Hoosier Award, please fill out the electronic forms below:

Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, May 24, 2017

If you have questions or need assistance with the submission process, please contact Natasha Jefferson at 317-234-4454 or email


If you need assistance with the submission process, please contact Natasha Jefferson at 317-233-4454.

If you have questions about this year's awards ceremony, please email

2017 Golden Hoosier Awards Event Details

The 2017 Golden Hoosier Award and Hoosiers Helping Hoosiers recipients were honored on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Indiana Statehouse.

2017 Golden Hoosier Award Ceremony Program (includes the list of honorees and a brief description of their their volunteerism) 

Click here for the video and photos from the ceremony. 


 2017 Golden Hoosier Award Recipients                     2017 Hoosiers Helping Hoosiers - Ramps to Freedom