Date: Wednesday October 6, 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: LeMont Restaurant | 1114 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Are You Making a Difference in Your Community?

Nominate yourself or another youth to be recognized at Pittsburgh’s Inaugural NextUp Awards

Across Southwestern PA, driven, determined young people are looking beyond themselves. Through fundraising, philanthropy, volunteerism and activism, they are dedicating their time and talents to making a discernible difference in the lives of others. In doing so, they are setting an example for the entire region. 

The NextUp Awards shines a light on these young change agents, the very best their generation has to offer. The program awards scholarships to individuals 18 years of age or younger who have shown a transformative commitment to their communities. This year, we will also be accepting nominations for philanthropy work related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finalists will join Blood Science Foundation as honored guests at Pittsburgh’s Inaugural NextUp Awards Celebration. Winners in each of three age groups (inclusive of elementary through high school ages) will be revealed at the event and will each receive $2,500 to further their education or to invest in their philanthropic or charitable programs, with the first and second runners up receiving $500 each for the same purpose.

Now is your chance to help recognize selfless, determined youths that are making their community a priority across Southwestern PA.

Nominate them for The NextUp Awards!

How It Works:

  • Nominees must be 18 years of age or younger on the submission due date (May 31, 2021). You can nominate yourself or someone else for The NextUp Awards.
  • A nominee’s charitable or philanthropic activity is only eligible if it has been conducted between September 1, 2019 and April 30, 2021.
  • Nominees will be judged in three separate age groups:
    • Under 12
    • Ages 13 to 15
    • Ages 16 to 18
  • A committee chosen by Blood Science Foundation will select three finalists from each of the age categories. Each finalist and two guests will be invited to attend The NextUp Awards Celebration, where the winners in each category will be announced.
  • Each winner will receive $2,500 to be used as a scholarship or to invest in their philanthropic work. Each age group’s other two finalists will receive $500 for the same purposes.

Judging Criteria

Judges will review and score submissions based on the following:

  • The philanthropic effort’s direct impact on the community
  • Long-term/ongoing outcomes of the philanthropic effort
  • Whether the project can serve as a prototype for other communities

Deadline

The deadline to submit nomination forms is May 31, 2021.

Questions

Contact Shelley Miscampbell at smiscampbell@bloodsciencefoundation.org or 412.209.7192.

SPONSORSHIPS

Blood Science Foundation offers sponsorship opportunities to ensure that your company, organization, or family is recognized for its commitment to honoring the very best and brightest young people in our region.

Diamond Sponsor ($25,000)

  • Logo/name featured on all event-related promotional materials (including event invitation when sponsor commits by July 30, 2021).
  • Full-page color ad in event program and top-tier ad placement in event program (e.g. inside front cover, middle, or back cover). Ad placement choice is based on signed sponsorship agreement date and terms.
  • Top-tier logo listing on Blood Science Foundation website event page.
  • Mention in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters, and social media with top-tier name/logo placement, where applicable.
  • Top-tier logo and name placement in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials.
  • Top-tier logo placement on event signage and audio- visual presentation.
  • Verbal acknowledgement from stage during event.
  • Opportunity to participate in the finalist selection committee.
  • Logo on award certificates.
  • Reserved table signage.
  • Sixteen tickets to event.

Platinum Sponsor ($10,000)

  • Logo/name featured on all event-related promotional materials (including event invitation when sponsor commits by July 30, 2021).
  • Half-page color ad in event program and second-tier ad placement in event program. Ad placement choice is based on signed sponsorship agreement date and terms.
  • Second-tier logo listing on Blood Science Foundation website event page.
  • Mention in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters and social media with second-tier logo placement, where applicable.
  • Second-tier logo and name placement in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials.
  • Second-tier logo placement on event signage and audio-visual presentation.
  • Verbal acknowledgement from stage during event.
  • Opportunity to participate in the finalist selection committee.
  • Logo on award certificates.
  • Reserved table signage.
  • Ten tickets to event.

Gold Sponsor ($5,000)

  • Quarter-page color ad in event program and third-tier ad placement in event program. Ad placement choice is based on signed sponsorship agreement date and terms.
  • Third-tier logo listing on Blood Science Foundation website event page.
  • Mention in pre- and post- event news releases, e-newsletters, and social media with third-tier logo placement, where applicable.
  • Third-tier logo and name placement in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials.
  • Third-tier logo placement on event signage and audio-visual presentation.
  • Verbal acknowledgement from stage during event.
  • Logo on award certificates.
  • Reserved table signage.
  • Eight tickets to event.

Silver Sponsor ($2,500)

  • Quarter-page color ad in event program and fourth-tier ad placement in event program. Ad placement choice is based on signed sponsorship agreement date and terms.
  • Name listing on Blood Science Foundation website event page.
  • Mention in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters, and social media.
  • Fourth-tier logo and name placement in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials.
  • Fourth-tier logo placement on event signage and audiovisual presentation.
  • Four tickets to event.

Bronze Sponsor ($1,000)

  • Name listing on Blood Science Foundation website event page.
  • Mention in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters, and social media.
  • Name listing in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials.
  • Name listing on event signage and audio-visual presentation.
  • Two tickets to event.

Join Our List of Growing Sponsors:

Mario Lemieux Foundation

Scarmazzi Homes

Pittsburgh Magazine

Clarion University of Pennsylvania