Soka Global Citizen Award

The Vision and the Award

SUA annually presents the Soka Global Citizen Award to recognize an individual for efforts, either throughout their life or for a major event/initiative, that embody the essential elements of global citizenship and address key issues facing society and the world. Each prize carries an award of $25,000 to further their work.

  • Award Criteria

    The candidate has made a major contribution to the global community and effected positive change in one of the following areas outlined by Mr. Ikeda:

    • To root the practice of nonviolence in human society
    • To study current ecological realities and means of protecting the environment
    • To focus attention on issues of poverty and global justice
    • To awaken an awareness of human equality and dignity
  • Call for Nominations

    The announcement and call for nominations from the public will commence each year on November 18. All members of the SUA community including students, faculty, staff, alumni are welcome to submit nominations.

    Nomination submittals should include the following:

    • Nomination letter detailing the candidate’s contributions in one or more of the areas identified in the Criteria section as well as how the candidate has embodied the essential elements of global citizenship in addressing these issues (Maximum 1,000 words—supporting documents may be attached)
    • Letter from nominee acknowledging consent to their nomination, contact information (address, email and phone number) and biography
    • Supplemental information from nominator (contact information: address, email, phone number, relationship to nominee, affiliation to Soka University of America, if any)

    Nominations can be electronically submitted to or by mail to:

    Soka Global Citizen Award Committee
    Soka University of America
    1 University Drive
    Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

    Any questions regarding the nominating process may be directed to

    Deadline for nomination submittals is January 31.

  • The Review Process

    A selection committee will review the nominations and forward three finalists to the SUA president for final review and selection. The selection committee includes representatives from students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

    The award recipient will be announced on March 16 of each year.

    The Soka Global Citizen Award will be presented annually during SUA’s May 3 anniversary celebrations.