The Most Prestigious Recognition of Civic Pride, Leadership and Progress in the Seven-County Birmingham Region

This program recognizes citizens who exemplify civic pride, leadership and progress just as Vulcan has symbolized for 112 years. Five outstanding citizens will receive “The Vulcan” award for community commitment, initiatives or heroism that have or will have a significant impact on the quality of life in the region. Only one award will be given for Lifetime Achievement.

The Birmingham Region is defined as the seven counties included in the Birmingham Metropolitan area: Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby and Walker.

Event co-chairs for 2016:  Marie Manning, retired Superintendent of Education St. Clair County School System; William A. Bell Sr., Mayor City of Birmingham, J. Thomas Hill, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Vulcan Materials Company 

Nominating Process – Nominations are accepted online from the general public (do not have to be a resident of the 7 county area) until July 31.

Selection Committee –  A formal committee responsible for interpreting and enforcing the criteria and eligibility as detailed below.  The group includes at least 10 and no more than 15 individuals selected by the members of the steering committee and/or event co chairs. 


  • There is no time limitation or expiration on activities considered for a Vulcan Award
  • Nominee must have been a resident in the 7 county Birmingham metro area during the time the award was earned
  • Actions for which nominees are considered may have taken place outside of the 7 county metro area, although it must be extraordinary
  • No minimum age for eligibility
  • Nominee must be of good character
  • Nominee must be considered a source of pride within the Birmingham region
  • Nominations do not carry over, but nominees may be nominated more than once

Award Criteria

An honoree should exhibit Vulcan-like attributes such as: optimism, innovation, endurance, forerunner, persistence, proud yet humble, strength, selflessness, survivor, team player, visionary.

All award recipients will be recognized at The Vulcans Community Awards Dinner on November 3, 2016 at The Club in Birmingham, Alabama.


Individual tickets and reserved tables for the awards banquet should be reserved in advance. For your convenience, online purchasing is available below.  Reservations can also be made by contacting the Vulcan Park and Museum Development Department at 205.933.1409 ext. 111.

Executive Tables of 8: $2,500

Reserved Tables of 8: $1,500

Individual Ticket: $110


Awards Categories

Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded in recognition of a lifetime “body of work” demonstrating a Vulcan-like contribution to the betterment of the region, in public, private or charitable activities. *May be awarded posthumously.

Hero Award

Awarded in recognition of heroic acts that have demonstrated selflessness in the face of perceived insurmountable odds and has made a significant difference in the lives of others.

Servant Leadership Award

Awarded in recognition of selfless service to others in the Birmingham region. *Not limited to individuals in faith-based and not-for-profit organizations, but for anyone who, like Vulcan, has stood for the community by serving others.

Newcomer Award

Awarded in recognition of a significant impact on the community of which he/she has been a part for no more than five years.

Game Changer Award

Awarded in recognition of leadership in innovative project/projects that have made or is/are likely to positively impact the region.


Thank you for nominating a community member for The Vulcans! Please note that if you wish to nominate someone for multiple award categories listed above, a separate form will be required for a nomination in each category. We look forward to receiving your nomination information.

Platinum Title Sponsor
Vulcan Materials Company
Media Partners
WBRC Fox 6 News
Alabama Media Group
Silver Sponsors
Iron Sponsor
Alabama Power Company