Georgia Davis Powers Award

Georgia Davis Powers was the first African-American and woman elected to the Kentucky State Senate.

She was an influential member of the Civil Rights Movement, and a confidante of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Throughout her life, Senator Powers was committed to equal rights and fought for causes to prohibit discrimination in schools, workplaces, and housing on the basis of race, sex, and age. She supported legislation to improve education for the physically and mentally disabled.

Senator Powers always urged young people to become involved in the democratic process and to stand up for what they believe. As a role model and mentor, Senator Powers encouraged young people to make a difference in their communities and Kentucky.

The Award: In honor of Senator Powers’ support of young people, the Secretary of State's office has created the Georgia Davis Powers Award. This award is given to high schools with outstanding student voter registration. Schools are awarded one of three award tiers

  • Gold Award: 100% of eligible students registered to vote
  • Silver Award: 90% of eligible students registered to vote
  • Bronze Award: 75% of eligible students registered to vote

Some exemptions may apply; for example, students who choose not to register for religious beliefs.

How to Participate: Students who will be 18 years of age by the upcoming general election are eligible to register to vote. A teacher sponsor is required for a school to apply. Sponsors are responsible for submitting their application and independently verifying the registration status of eligible students.

Applications may be submitted online or via mail or email by completing a printed application: GDPAward.​

The deadline to apply for the Georgia Davis Powers Award is March 29.

Click here to apply.

Secretary Grimes and Sen. Georgia Davis Powers


Inspire U.S. Partnership
The Kentucky Secretary of State’s office has partnered with Inspire U.S. to encourage peer to peer non-partisan voter registration, participation, & civic engagement. Inspire U.S. supports high schools in planning & conducting voter registration activities. A school interested in working with Inspire U.S. to achieve the registration award can apply online here.
2017 Award Winners:

J. Graham Brown School, Louisville

Henry Co. High School, New Castle

Augusta High School, Augusta