Melendy Spirit Award Nominations Sought

July 1, 2016

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation annually accepts nominations for the Melendy Spirit Award. This award recognizes individuals, families, groups, or organizations who have made outstanding community contributions that have enhanced, improved, or positively affected the overall quality of life in Cedar Falls, through philanthropic or other means.

The award is named for Peter Melendy, who became a resident of Cedar Falls in 1859 at the age of 36. By living fully and energetically, he contributed to the cultural life and economic development of Cedar Falls.  The Melendy Spirit Award is open to all Cedar Falls residents who reflect the example set by Peter Melendy.

Biographies of previous award recipients are available at

Nominations and supporting materials are due April 10 annually. Materials may be submitted electronically to or mailed to PO Box 546, Cedar Falls, IA 50613.  Incomplete nominations will not be considered.  Previously submitted complete nominations are considered in subsequent years and need not be resubmitted.

Nominations should include the name and address of the individual making the nomination; a biographical sketch or resume of the nominee(s); specific contributions the nominee(s) has/have made to the community of Cedar Falls in the form of community involvement, commitment to volunteering their time and/or skills, leadership, community assistance, personal example, personal accomplishments beyond the scope of their professional practice, or financial support.  Election to political office in itself does not quality as criteria for receiving the award.  Two letters of support from other community members are required.

For detailed nomination criteria and the nomination process, please visit For more information e-mail or call the Foundation office at 319-243-9170.

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