Note: Due to COVID, awards will be different in 2020. The October BOD meeting attendees determined that only non-competitive awards will be presented. So please think about who you will nominate for these awards through the 2021 ride season.
Ambassador - Selected by the PNER Executive Committee
Ride Manager of the Year - Sponsored by Terri Powell Agency of American Family Insurance
If you’ve attended a ride, you’ve witnessed the hard work and dedication of ride managers. The purpose of this award is to recognize the ride manager who oversees and manages an event that either exceeds participant expectations or who is confronted with extreme challenges and is able to address those issues in a responsible and constructive manner – reaching the best possible outcome given the challenge faced. The recipient of the award is determined by qualitative judgment of nomination submittals to the award sponsor.
ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION: A nomination form and brief essay describing how the nominee demonstrates possessing the desired qualities and attributes through first-hand observation and experience must be submitted to the Awards Coordinator at email@example.com by December 1. The Awards Coordinator will also contact the Handbook Editor and Points Secretary for feedback on the performanceof a nominated ride manger relative to basic duties – such as turning in accurate and complete ride results information in a timely manner. All information collected will be provided to the award sponsor.
Young Rider Scholarship - Funded by Anonymous PNER Member Donors
(Application submittal required by October 1)
PNER offers a scholarship of up to $1,000 to young riders age 17-21, which may be awarded to one recipient or split between two applicants, if appropriate.
A recipient may reapply for this scholarship if all eligibility requirements are met.
TO APPLY: Write a letter of application to the Scholarship Committee which describes your involvement with PNER (as rider, crew, or volunteer); involvement in your home community; your leadership experience and your educational plans.
Write an essay on a topic relevant to the history of PNER and endurance riding. For example, past topics have included interviews with longtime ride managers, history of a specific ride or set of events, and a historical exploration of endurance equipment.
Include a transcript of current academic records (unofficial transcript is acceptable).
EVALUATION: Scholarship application and essay are judged against the following criteria:
All decisions of the committee are final.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Young riders may apply for this scholarship their senior year of high school in advance of being accepted by a post high school educational institution, or once accepted to a post high school educational institution, or while already attending such institution.
Scholarship materials may be submitted to the Scholarship Committee chair via email (preferred) or via postal service to the address listed below. Submissions are due (postmarked) no later than October 1st. Questions regarding the scholarship and application process may be directed to the committee chair.
Scholarship funds are issued directly to the recipient’s post high school educational institution and the scholarship award(s) will be announced at the annual PNER Convention.
Lora Bannon, 2020 Scholarship Committee chair
Volunteer - Selected by the PNER Executive Committee
The purpose of this award is to express PNER’s appreciation to an individual who performs a critical function to PNER and its members in a manner that is above and beyond what is typically expected of a volunteer; which may be as a result of an extreme, unanticipated challenge, and/or performed at a level that exceeds member and Board expectations.
Through the individual’s efforts, PNER members receive far-reaching benefit – whether in the services provided, financial savings or fiscal stability, reputation and esteem for the organization, or other positive consequence.
Recipients of the award are determined by the qualitative judgment of nomination submittals to the PNER Executive Committee.
ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION: A nomination submittal must be sent to the Awards Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org by December1. The submittal must includ a description of the effort made by the nominee, and the results provided to the organization and members. A list of nominees and any submitted materials will be forward to the PNER Executive Committtee.