CONTACT: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839

MADISON – Nominations are being sought for the prestigious Virginia Hart Special Recognition Award that recognizes the contributions and achievements of women in Wisconsin state government.

This award is administered by the Department of Administration, Division of Personnel Management. Governor Scott Walker urges state workers to nominate women who are making a difference in state government.

“This award recognizes the service of women whose contributions have a significant impact on the lives of people in Wisconsin,” said Governor Scott Walker. “In this way, we hope to encourage and recognize the achievements of all women in state government.”

Nominations may be made by anyone, and are accepted through March 30, 2018. Nominees can be in classified or unclassified service, and from any part of the state. Limited-term employees and employees of the Legislature and university are not eligible.

The winner of this year’s award receives $250 and will be honored at the annual Virginia Hart Award Event in Madison in May.

Virginia Hart was Wisconsin’s first woman cabinet secretary. Friends and colleagues established a fund after her retirement in 1983 to annually recognize the contributions of a woman in state government.

To obtain a nomination form, visit: For more information, contact Dee Surillo in the Division of Personnel Management at (608) 266-9820 or

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