The First Congregational Church of Westfield Board of Outreach Ministries is currently seeking nominations for the annual Marc Wesley Hardy Human Rights Award for 2020. Candidates must be young people between the ages of 16-22, living in Westfield or the greater Union County area, who have distinguished themselves in the area of human rights.

The award is named in honor of Marc Hardy, a member of First Congregational Church of Westfield, who was killed in a car accident in 1990 shortly before his graduation from Westfield High School. He was a national merit scholar, a gifted singer and actor, and was very much interested in human rights.

Eligibility and Requirements:

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Nominees for the award may be either self-nominated, or be nominated by a teacher or other school official, or another individual not in the nominee’s immediate family who is familiar with the nominee’s background and those qualities of the nominee that exemplify Marc Hardy’s commitment to human rights. To nominate an individual for the Award, originals of the following items must be submitted:

1. A letter of nomination (self-nominated or non-family member)

2. The nominee’s biography. Please make sure to include course work, employment, club activities, and other experiences relevant to the Award

3. One letter of support documenting the nominee’s contributions to human rights from a non-family member

4. The name and contact information of up to two references.

Nominations should include detailed descriptions of the organizations and activities the candidates have been involved in as well as concrete examples and stories that illustrate the criteria listed above.

The Awards Committee will also accept any other information or material that would reflect the nominee’s values and personal commitment to human rights.

Letters have been mailed to schools, churches and other organizations in Union County, soliciting nominations for this award.

The deadline for submitting nominations is March 22, 2020.

Please email/mail nominations to:

First Congregational Church of Westfield
125 Elmer Street
Westfield, NJ 07090

First Congregational Church of Westfield is a spiritual community with a rich history of encouraging freedom of thought and a strong commitment to supporting and serving those who are socially and economically disadvantaged. In all aspects of its life and mission, FCC welcomes and affirms people of every race, age, gender, marital circumstance, sexual orientation and expression, physical or psychological ability, economic condition, ethnic origin and theological tradition.

First Congregational Church is located at 125 Elmer Street, Westfield. For more information on the Marc Wesley Hardy Human Rights Award, the church and its various programs and services, visit or call 908-233-2494.