Individual candidates may be nominated with completion of the application and a nominating statement that describes the intellectual achievement realized in a scientific, artistic, literary, social, or humanitarian field; significance of the achievement; and endorsements or verification of the work. Final selection of the medallion recipient is determined by majority vote of the UK Libraries National Advisory Board.
Past recipients of the honor include: James Klotter, John Anthony, Wendell Berry, James Still, Bobbie Ann Mason, Thomas D. Clark, Laman A. Gray Jr., Guy Davenport, George C. Herring, Adalin Wichman, John Egerton, Karl Raitz, and George C. Wright.
Members of the general public are welcome to submit nominations. More information can be found online at http://libraries.uky.edu/forms/IAA_Nomination_Letter_-_UK_Libraries_2017.pdf , along with the 2017 nomination form.