Comptroller Awards & Honors
Since taking office, Peter has made it a priority to officially recognize Maryland citizens, organizations and businesses who represent the heart and soul of our communities and who embody the Free State's time-honored values.
As a result, the Comptroller's Office has established special awards and acknowledgements to ensure that these remarkable individuals get the statewide credit and gratitude they rightly deserve.
The William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award
The William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award is presented by the Comptroller to the individuals and organizations in each county and Baltimore City best exemplifying William Donald Schaefer’s lifelong commitment to helping people. Winners will be selected based on their demonstration of 1) improving the community; 2) swiftly solving a citizen problem through effective government intervention; 3) directly aiding the most vulnerable in society; or 4) creating a public/private partnership to improve the lives of Marylanders. To learn more, click here.
The Silver Hammer Award
Through the Comptroller's visits to public schools across our state, he has seen many examples where effective maintenance - including simple and affordable investments like a fresh coat of paint, new carpeting or a good power washing -- have made a world of difference. In addition to providing communities with a renewed sense of pride in their schools, research has confirmed the obvious and positive impact that clean, attractive and comfortable facilities have on student performance. It is in that spirit that the Comptroller established a special recognition - the "Silver Hammer Award" - for schools that have demonstrated a commitment to fiscal responsibility through superior school maintenance. To learn more, click here.
The Golden Apple Award
The Comptroller created an award to recognize outstanding volunteers, organizations and individuals, within the Maryland public school system. The award is called The Golden Apple Award. Winners will be selected based on their demonstration of superior volunteer work in Maryland public schools. Countless numbers of men, women and organizations donate their time and resources to volunteer at public schools throughout the state. All without pay and, sometimes, without any recognition. This award will provide the accolades these volunteers truly deserve,” said Comptroller Franchot. The Comptroller will personally present the awards to each of the 24 winners.
Recognizes extraordinary contributions and accomplishments of Marylanders, organizations, and small businesses who help make Maryland a great place to live, work, and thrive.
Comptroller's Medallions and Maryland Hero Medallions
Maryland's 31st and longest-serving Comptroller, Louis L. Goldstein, was famous for handing out thousands of golden Comptroller coins during his decades serving as the state's chief fiscal officer. In that spirit, Peter gives out two medallions; the Comptroller's Medallion which recognizes Marylanders who make a difference in their communities, and a Maryland Hero Medallion which recognizes veterans and first responders for their service and valor.
To learn more about the Comptroller's Awards and Honors, please visit the Comptroller's Office website by clicking here.