Distinguished Service Award (DSA)


In 1984 Women In Mining National established a “Hall of Fame” Award. This award was presented for 4 years before being changed to the Distinguished Service Award. You can see the list of recipients by clicking on Awards.

Program Objective

The objective of the DSA is to stimulate growth of the mining industry and Women in Mining (WIM) by recognizing the achievements and contributions that have been made to WIM and the industry by individuals who are identified as a valuable resource, by providing guidance, stimulating growth and supporting programs and projects undertaken by WIM National. The award is presented during the annual National Convention held in the spring of the following year, i.e., the award given for the 1989 year was presented in 1990. There cannot be more than three awarded in a single year.


Past or present members of WIM, having a minimum of three (3) years’ membership, who have given outstanding service to the National Organization are eligible. For further information on nominations please contact wim@womeninmining.org.

Selection Criteria

A nominee being considered should have given consistent, continuous service and have made a major contribution to the betterment of WIM and the minerals industry. The DSA is to be presented only once to any individual. Previous Hall of Fame recipients are eligible for the DSA due to significant change in the eligibility criteria, and the subsequent retiring of the Hall of Fame Award. The following categories may be considered in the selection process, but the process is not limited to these alone: membership solicitation, new Chapter formation, education, professionalism, public relations, financial, or legal. Serving as an Officer or Committee Chair(s) and performing associated responsibilities–that is, doing one’s job–does not qualify an individual for this award.

Past Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award