What to Say

What to Say on an Award: 

Words are powerful vehicles that bring immense meaning to life. A single word can change one’s perspective from doubtful to certain, pessimistic to optimistic, and unappreciative to grateful. The words you choose to include on a recognition award hold the same influence. Use the Award Thesaurus, below, to create a meaningful message for your recipient.We suggest you include the following information in your message: 

• Recipient Name 
• Presentation Date 
• Memorable Sentiments

Thesaurus of Award Terms

accomplishment – fulfillment, completion, achievement, realization, attainment, triumph, victory, success 
achievement – attainment, accomplishment, realization, triumph, success 
appreciation– thankfulness, gratefulness, obliged, indebted, gratitude, regard, esteem, respect 
best – finest, highest, first, premium, crowning, incomparable, greatest, top-notch, unequaled, choice 
commend – accredit, laud, acclaim, endorse, recommend, approve 
contribution – endowment, commitments, donation, sharing, supplying, present, bestowal, charity 
cooperation – collaboration, participation, alliance, assistance, teamwork, concurrence
dedication – devotion, efforts, untiring effort, commitment 
dependable – trustworthy, mainstay, anchor, confidant, patron, reliable, faithful, loyal, unfailing, true 
determination – resolution, certainty, persistence, conviction, steadfastness, perseverance 
develop – extend, expand, advance, promote, build, enrich, cultivate 
distinguished – illustrious, venerable, renowned, honored, esteemed, remarkable, outstanding, great, extraordinary 
effort – endeavor, labor, work, undertaking, venture, task, commitment, exertion 
excellent – magnificent, supreme, foremost, exemplary, superior, desirable, paramount, superlative, exceptional, tremendous 
guidance – direction, leadership, supervision, management, oversight, suggestion, counsel 
happy – joyous, convivial, congenial, charmed, spirited 
kindness – good intentions, consideration, helpfulness, altruism, indulgence, courtesy, thoughtfulness, graciousness 
leadership – administration, authority, foresight, command 
noble – honorable, heroic, brilliant, excellent, princely, dignified, splendid, exalted, distinguished 
outstanding – notable, distinguished, highly regarded, impressive, worthy, considerable, enthusiastic 
patience – forbearance, fortitude, composure, endurance 
praise – applaud, cheer, acclaim, endorse, admire 
presented– awarded, bestowed, conferred, endowed, delivered 
profit – benefit, thrive, prosper, gain 
promote – advance, encourage, expand, nourish, improve, bolster 
recognition – in acknowledgement of, acknowledgement, remembrance, commendation
respect – esteem, honor, regard, admiration 
sincerely – truthfully, honestly, earnestly, genuinely, profoundly 
special – exceptional, distinctive, unique, exclusive, extraordinary 
thanks – appreciation, gratefulness, acknowledgement, gratitude

Typical Format

Field Description/text


(Name of Award)

President’s Award

(Recipient Name) CAPS


(Accomplishment or reason for award)

The true measure of success is the number of
obstacles you overcome. Your tireless dedication to
(the company) is an example to all


May 2015

(Company Name and/or Logo,
department or division if applicable)

Chrysler Corporation
Customer Service



In Recognition of
Your Dedication to the
XYZ Company Sales Team

In Recognition of Your
Outstanding Sales Performance
in Selling
the Greatest Number of
XYZ Widgets in 2014

In Recognition of Your Outstanding
Performance as Supplier of XYZ Widgets

Congratulations on Attaining 125%
Of Your Sales Goal for 2014

Leadership, Service and Retirement Awards

In Appreciation of
Twenty Years
Outstanding and Loyal Service
to XYZ Widget Company

In Recognition of Your Outstanding
Dedication, Commitment and
Personal Leadership

In Recognition of
Your Outstanding Customer Service
And Dedication
To Customer Satisfaction

In Recognition of Your
Outstanding Efforts in Keeping
Our Systems Operational
24x7x365 in 2024

In Recognition of
Your Drive & Dedication
To Providing
Excellent Customer Service

In Grateful Appreciation For Your
Outstanding & Dedicated Service
To The People in Your Community

The difference between success and
Failure is often determined by one's
Dedication. Your undying commitment
To our company's success has
Earned you our highest esteem.

With Sincere Appreciation
For Your Outstanding
In Making Our Company
As Successful as We Are Today.

In Recognition of Your
Dedication and Loyalty

In Appreciation For
Your Dedication and Devotion To
The Principles and Ideals of Our Company

In Recognition of Your
25 Years of Outstanding
Service to the Company