The Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA)
AAFSW presents annually the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA) to recognize the most exceptional volunteer efforts by Foreign Service employees and family members abroad. The SOSA award was created in 1990 with the direct encouragement and support of then-Secretary of State James A. Baker and his wife Susan. AAFSW administers the award through generous contributions from former Secretaries of State as well as the Green Family Foundation and AAFSW members.
Since 1990, the program has honored more than 100 awardees chosen from over 130 diplomatic missions. SOSA awardees demonstrate outstanding creativity and commitment in improving the lives of others at overseas posts, reflecting the highest ideals of diplomacy and humanitarian leadership. Another key factor considered in choosing awardees is sustainability: these are projects that continue over the long term, reaching countless local citizens and helping illustrate to the world who we are as a nation.
2017 SOSA winner Grace Anne Turner at House of Hope Clinic, Dakar, Senegal.
The winners of the SOSA award are selected by a panel of representatives from AAFSW, FLO and the Executive Director or representative from each State Department geographic bureau. Full profiles of these volunteers are published annually in AAFSW’s Global Link newsletter and on this website.
Read more about the history of the SOSA awards and highlights from some of the winning projects over the years in “The SOSA Project: Foreign Service Volunteers – 20 Years of Grassroots Diplomacy.”
For more information about the SOSA award contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check back soon for information about this year’s winners and projects.
2017 SOSA winner Alesia Krupenikava, Technovation Challange, Kiev, Ukraine.
Congratulations to the 2020 winners of the SOSA Award!
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Congratulations to the 2018 winners of the SOSA Award!
Congratulations to the 2017 winners of the SOSA Award!
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