Recognize Achievement

Distinguished Service Awards (DSAs)

Since 1940, we have recognized individuals who make a difference in the Durham community through the Distinguished Service Awards program. Local recipients are also entered into the state level competition. Recipients of the Durham Jaycees Distinguished Service Award are honored at our local DSA banquet and at the North Carolina Jaycees Spring Meeting.

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We award individuals in the following categories:

Outstanding Boss

Honoring those Jaycee employers who have given meritorious service to their family, church, community, nation, and this organization. Any Jaycee employee may submit names of Jaycee employers in all fields of endeavor.

Outstanding Senior Citizen

Honoring those over the age of 60 who have shown exemplary qualities of leadership through community service throughout their lifetime. The award is based on contributions to the community and evidence of leadership and personal progress.

Outstanding Teenager

Honoring those current high school seniors who have a 3.0 minimum grade point average and demonstrate the qualities of well-rounded youth in scholarship, leadership, and community service.

Outstanding Young Educator

Honoring those educators aged 21-40 who currently teach students in kindergarten through twelfth grade and who demonstrate a commitment to nurturing the academic development of each student in their classroom.

Outstanding Young Farmer

Honoring those young farmers aged 21-40 who are farm operators and derive most of their income from farming. The award is based on progress in agricultural career, extent of soil and water conservation practices, and contributions to the well-being of the community, state and nation.

Outstanding Young North Carolinian

Honoring those young professionals aged 21-40 who have exemplary qualities of leadership through community service throughout their lifetime. The award is based on contributions to the community and evidence of leadership and personal progress.

Outstanding Young Public Servant

Honoring those correctional officers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMS workers or other rescuers aged 21-40 who are full-time or volunteer employees of one of the aforementioned areas, and through their own resources, have achieved success and leadership in their professions and who have contributed to their communities by being active in civic work.