Today (October 11, 2021) is the nomination deadline for the fourth annual Rural Spirit Awards from Osborn Barr Paramore.

The awards are presented to recognize unsung heroes of rural America who “instill hope, solve problems and commit to stepping up efforts to meet the needs of their communities” as the country faces challenges ongoing issues related to COVID-19. OBP seeks to celebrate the people who support and improve rural America through community service and economic development.

Three winners will be nominated in three categories.

  1. The Community Service Award honors an individual who demonstrates a rural spirit through exceptional service in the name of community growth.
  2. The Next Gen Award recognizes a person 21 years of age and under. Any potential Next Gen Award recipient demonstrates outstanding leadership through community service efforts or innovative thinking.
  3. The Rural Advocacy Award celebrates an individual who proudly embodies the heart of rural America, working hard to spur economic development, create jobs, or advocate for growth.

The public can go to and nominate deserving individuals.

The nomination period ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT tonight. The winners each receive $ 2,000 to donate to a nonprofit organization of their choice, with donations made in the name of the winner. The winners will be announced and recognized at an awards ceremony on October 21.