Congratulations to Endometriosis Foundation of America co-founder, Dr Tamer Seckin, on receiving the 2012 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. This medal pays homage to the immigrant experience and highlights the contribution made to America by those who have immigrated. The award celebrates diversity of life in America and is a very important and prestigious recognition.
What is Ellis Island Medal of Honor?
The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations – NECO is the sponsor of the Ellis Island Medals of Honor that are presented each year on historic Ellis Island to a select group of individuals whose accomplishments in their field and inspired service to our nation are cause for celebration. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the Medal and we are planning a spectacular event worthy of such an auspicious milestone.
The Ellis Island Medals of Honor embody the spirit of America in their celebration of patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity. They recognize individuals who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America. As always, NECO remains dedicated to the maintenance and restoration of America’s greatest symbol of its immigrant history, Ellis Island.
Since its founding in 1986, the Medal has been officially recognized by both Houses of Congress as one of our nation’s most prestigious awards. In that time we have honored distinguished and diverse Americans including six Presidents of the United States; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as esteemed Americans such as Frank Sinatra, Lee Iacocca, Quincy Jones, Muhammad Ali, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, Louis Zamperini and Rosa Parks, just to name a few.
The ELLIS ISLAND MEDALS OF HONOR are awarded annually to a group of distinguished American citizens who exemplify a life dedicated to community service. These are individuals who preserve and celebrate the history, traditions and values of their ancestry while exemplifying the values of the American way of life, and who are dedicated to creating a better world for us all.
The nominee should be a person of integrity who has done, or been the impetus for, an honorable act that exemplifies their character and reputation.
Discuss how passion has led the nominee to focus their lives on a social cause, an ideological concept, a humanitarian philosophy, etc.
Consider if the nominee received any academic, professional and humanitarian accolades. Please mention any objective peer-reviewed awards or citations, innovations, inventions or humanitarian recognitions
Detail the nominee’s commitment and efforts on behalf of humanitarian causes. Humanitarian efforts should be considered beyond financial contributions. Please describe how their personal time and passion have helped move their cause forward
Describe how the individual honors their ethnic heritage, how they promote it and/or what have they contributed to it.
For naturalized Americans, consider how they have integrated themselves into our national identity
For native-born Americans, please consider the individual’s contributions to their self-identified ethnic homeland, as well as their professional and personal each achievements