Mission Statement

The Beacon Award is presented jointly by the Ellis Island Honors Society and the American Immigrant Society. The Award has been established to recognize and celebrate the upcoming generation of professionals, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, artists, and visionary leaders, all of whom share an immigrant background.

About the Beacon Award event

On September 25th, 2020, the 2nd annual Beacon Award will be presented to worthy young Americans, in a wide diversity of professions, all between 18 and 40 years of age. Beacon Award honorees are those who have excelled beyond their peers and are not only thought of as successful but are considered influencers and game changers; those who have disrupted business as usual and have changed the way we perceive their industry or profession. In honor of America’s immigrant history, all honorees will be either an immigrant themselves, or of 1st and 2nd generation immigrant status.

The Beacon Award is sponsored through a joint effort by the Ellis Island Honors Society and the American Immigrant Society. The Ellis Island Honors Society was established at the request of President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and has presented the Ellis Island Medal of Honor to accomplished, philanthropic Americans, both native born and naturalized, for 3 years. The American Immigrant Society was established to humanize, celebrate, empower, promote, and inform the over 81 million immigrants living in the United States. Both organizations are 501(c)(3) charitable non-profits.


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