Do you know someone in our community who has exemplary community leadership? It's time to recognize them by nominating them for Texarkana's Wilbur Awards. 

The Wilbur Awards are given annually to individuals, organizations, and student leaders in our area who epitomize the power of one entity or individual that has a positive impact on our community.

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These awards are named in memory of Wilbur Smith. If you were fortunate to met Wilbur Smith then you know what an amazing impact he had on Texarkana. You can read more about Wilbur Smith here.

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Anyone in our community can be nominated for this prestigious award. Some of the attributes to look at when making a nomination according to Leadership Texarkana Executive Director Ruth Ellen Whitt are,

In particular, we are interested in lifting up individuals and organizations who are working toward the community excellence which citizens have long valued, including work that enhances or safeguards our educational excellence, cultural riches, our community’s beauty, our citizens’ personal well-being, as well as efforts that reflect our community’s commitment to economic prosperity through working smart to achieve the best future for all residents.


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You can make your nominations electronically or on paper forms, online nomination forms are available at the Leadership Texarkana website at You can also email


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Nominations and supporting materials must be received at the Leadership Texarkana office no later than March 8, 2024.

Then be sure to be there as the winners are announced and honored at the Leadership Texarkana’s Annual Lunch with Leaders on Tuesday, April 16.


Who will you nominate?

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