The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors and recognizes the vital role older adults play in their communities, state and nation while it promotes the benefits of active, productive and purposeful living at all points in our lives. Since 1978, more than 450 individuals age 60 or older have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. View previous inductees.
Individuals selected for the Hall of Fame set an example for all Ohioans by leading lives not defined by age or barriers. They can be recognized for contributions and accomplishments after age 60 or for a continuation of effort and achievement begun before that age. Nominees must be outstanding in service to mankind through leadership, innovation, motivation and contribution.
Nominations - Nominations are accepted year-round and individuals are inducted each May. To guarantee your nomination is considered for the current induction year, please submit it by no later than Nov. 29. To nominate someone, please use the form on this page or download a printable form to mail in. You also may Call (614) 728-0253 with questions or to request a hard-copy nomination form.
- Nominees must be age 60 or older and a native-born Ohioan or a resident of Ohio for at least ten years.
- Posthumous nominations are accepted, provided the date of death is within the last five years and the individual was age 60 or older at the time of death.
- Nominees will be evaluated on one or both of these factors:
- The impact that their contributions and accomplishments have had in keeping Ohio on the leading edge of innovation and responsiveness to the growing and changing aging population; AND/OR
- The degree to which they are respected and vital members of society who continue to grow, thrive and contribute.
Selection process - All eligible nominees will be evaluated by a selection committee during a process that typically takes place in February. Nominators will be notified whether their nominee is selected, typically in March or April. Those selected may have their photos or videos taken and used at events and for general publicity, and the department reserves the right to share these photos and videos with its partners, including other state agencies, media and partners of the department. There is no compensation for the use of the photos or video.