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Community Awards

The annual Community Awards recognize the dedication and hard work of community members across a variety of fields who have made a difference in Sunnyvale. Nominations are reviewed by a panel of former Community Awards winners. The Sunnyvale Mayor and City Councilmembers present the awards at the annual State of the City event.

Make a Nomination for a Community Award

Nominations are now open year round and we are accepting award nominations for the 2022 Community Awards. The awards will be presented by the mayor and councilmembers at the 2022 State of the City.

How to Submit a Nomination

You may submit multiple nominations using a separate form for each one. Send in your completed form by the deadline below.

Past recipients are ineligible to receive an award in the same category for five years.

Community Award Nomination Form

Deadline: June 1, 2022

The nomination committee (former Community Awards winners) reviews all nominations. Award decisions will be shared with all nominators by the end of August.

Community Award Categories

Distinguished Resident of the Year
Recognizes an individual who devoted a significant amount of time, resources or talent towards improving the community and making a lasting impact on the City.

Educator of the Year
Recognizes teachers or school personnel who made a significant contribution to their school, students and community through their work in education. This award is open to teachers and school personnel working for public, private, post-secondary or trade schools located in or serving students who live in Sunnyvale.

High School Student of the Year
Recognizes high school students who excel both academically and in their extracurricular activities. This award is open to high school students attending schools located in or serving students who live in Sunnyvale.

Business of the Year
Recognizes a Sunnyvale business or businessperson who made significant contributions to the Sunnyvale community through their leadership, community involvement, creative partnerships or commitment to enhancing Sunnyvale’s reputation as a great place to live, work and do business.

Contribution to the Arts
Recognizes an individual, group, business, or nonprofit organization who made a significant contribution to the arts in Sunnyvale.

Environmental Achievement
Recognizes the contributions of an individual, group, business or nonprofit organization that has gone above and beyond to improve the environment in Sunnyvale.

Community Award Winners

2021 Community Award Winners

This year’s awardees are:

  • Distinguished Resident of the Year – Murali Srinivasan
  • Educators of the Year – Julio Delgado (Vargas Elementary School) and Marissa Kacmarsky (Stocklmeir Elementary School)
  • High School Student of the Year – Radhika Agarwal (Homestead High School)
  • Business of the Year – Sunnyvale School District
  • Contribution to the Arts – Chitra Venkatramani
  • Environmental Achievement – Dorit and Dave Chapman
  • Mayor’s Award of Excellence (individual) – Dianne McKenna
  • Mayor’s Award of Excellence (group) – Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)


Community Awards Past Winners

For more information

Email Community Resources or call 408-730-7599

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2022