About these Awards

Left to Right: LRE Board Chair Dr. Skyler Arndt-Briggs; Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary Gonzalo Gallegos accepting the Lois Roth Award on behalf of Yolonda Kerney; LRE Founder Dr. Richard T. Arndt; Monica Alcalde with Gill Jacot-Guillarmod Award; Ms. A. Sarah Ilchman; Lorie Nierenberg with Ilchman-Richardson Award.

In memory of Lois’ work to promote cross‐cultural understanding and cooperation, the Roth Endowment partners with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), part of the U.S. Department of State, to provide the only three annual departmental awards honoring excellence in the field of cultural diplomacy.

The Lois Roth Award recognizes a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department. The Ilchman‐Richardson Award recognizes an ECA employee who has made significant contributions in the domestic management of cultural diplomacy. The newly established Gill Jacot‐Guillarmod Award recognizes a national resident employed by the U.S. State Department at an Embassy or Consulate, who has made outstanding contributions to the most important objectives of the US and the host country in the field of cultural and/or educational diplomacy.

To read a State Magazine article about the 2014 awards, please click here and scroll to the “In the News” section, on page 4. For an article about the 2013 awards, please click here and scroll to page 3.

6-2012 ECA ceremony

Pictured here at the 2012 ECA Awards Ceremony (left-right): LRE Founder Richard T. Arndt, former LRE Board Chair Jill E. McGovern, 2012 Ilchman-Richardson Award winner Chris Miner, ECA Assistant Secretary Ann Stock, former LRE Board member and founder Harriet M. Fulbright, former LRE Executive Director Jim Bullock.

Recipients of these three prizes display a range of qualities:

  • Special skill in meeting the needs of representatives of the United States, by promoting collaboration between American and foreign institutions and facilitating high‐quality exchange opportunities with the civil sector
  • Ingenuity and imagination in creating projects, programs and products that bring foreign intellectuals, artists and professionals into deeper contact with their American counterparts
  • Patience, wisdom and generosity in helping new colleagues, both foreign and American, to develop their careers
  • Cross‐cultural sensitivity and understanding for all—regardless of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin or disability—and the courage, intellectual integrity, and energy to bring alternate facts and opinions into open conversation
  • Deep understanding of the processes and values at work in American NGOs, intellectual communities and civil society, as well as of the relevance of these to the State Department’s work overseas
  • Familiarity with global affairs and foreign languages, to deepen substantive discussion between US and foreign intellectuals, scholars and professionals