Con Hogan Award

for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership

The Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership recognizes Con and his life’s work by encouraging and rewarding leaders who share his vision of a Vermont that places the highest value on the public good, and seize the responsibility for making that vision real by using data and measurement, monitoring a plan of action, and making strategic adjustments along the way.

About Con and the Award

Con Hogan was an important figure in Vermont. Sadly, he passed away in August 2018. From his work in the public, nonprofit, and private for-profit sectors, he exemplified the kind of thinking and leadership that Vermont needs as we address the challenges of a new century. Con’s down-to-earth management approach was always backed by both sophisticated, tested theory and a nuts-and-bolts practicality.

Whether the focus was corrections, child well-being, or health care, Con served his state by working to understand the fundamentals of the situation, finding experts who could educate him about what he didn’t know, setting a vision for what was possible, and getting to work to make that vision reality. Throughout this process, he kept his eye on whether his project was producing the desired results. If it wasn't, he looked for another way to get the results.

The Con Hogan Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership Award is a $15,000 cash award that recognizes the work of a Vermont community leader who shares with Con the traits listed below.

Characteristics of Award Recipients

Given the award is intended for individuals who share Con Hogan’s vision and commitment, winners will have demonstrated the following characteristics:

  • working with people across diverse perspectives,
  • taking risks in pursuit of a vision
  • persisting through setbacks, and
  • a focus on results

The honoree must be an individual who is a Vermont resident and has not previously received the award. Although there is no specific age requirement, the award is intended for someone with a record of success who is continuing to act toward making a positive difference.

View a videos from the 2018 Award Celebration:

View a video interview with 2017 Award Recipient Holly Morehouse:

View a video message sent to 2017 Award Recipient Holly Morehouse by Michael Monte, 2016 Award Recipient:

View a video interview with Michael Monte, 2016 recipient of the Con Hogan Award:

Click here to view pictures, video, and more from the 2015 Con Hogan Award Celebration honoring Ellen Kahler.

Selection Committee

Recipients will be selected by a committee consisting of individuals who represent a broad range of activities, including: health and human services, the arts, government service, early care and education, agriculture, and civic duty.


  • Individuals may not nominate themselves, a family member, a member of the Con Hogan Organizing Committee, a family member of the Con Hogan Organizing Committee, or an elected official.
  • Nominators must be individuals not organizations, though an individual may nominate a colleague within their organization/place of employment. 
  • Nominees are eligible for nomination in subsequent years if they have never been selected as an awardee.

Deadlines and Notifications

Nominations for the 2019 award must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Nomination Process

All nominations must be submitted online through the Vermont Community Foundation’s Online Grants Manager. Please create your account using the name and contact information of the nominator. You will need to enter your first and last name in the Organization field and 00-0000000 in the tax ID field. Your nominee’s information will be entered in the online nomination form, which is accessed via the "Apply" link after creating and logging into your account. 

To preview a pdf of the online form questions, click here.
Nominations will not be accepted by email or mail.

This award will hopefully reward and offer incentive to leaders in Vermont to continue and broaden their important work on behalf of Vermonters.
- Con Hogan