Application Information

By celebrating achievement and excellence, the Black 40 under 40 seek to recognize and honor young professionals. Achievement Awards will be given in 15 distinct categories; one Impact Award will be given to someone who has displayed outstanding leadership toward the YP demographic.

Winners will receive:

  • Distinguished Achievement Award for display in office
  • Special recognition in StayontheGO publications
  • Special recognition on Stayonthego.com and TheAtlantaVoice.com 
  • Opportunity for involvement with 2019 Black 40 under 40 Awards 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Thursday March 30th 2018 at 12:00 am. 

All applications must be submitted through the electronic 2018 Black 40 under 40 Application form, which is only available through the nomination link. All application submissions must be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm on Thursday April 12th, 2018 . Any late submissions will not be considered.

If you have questions about nominations or the application process, please contact us at info@stayonthego.com.

The Black 40 under 40 will be held in May.

 

ELIGIBILITY 

The Black 40 under 40 Awards are open to individuals under the age of 40 who live or work in the Metro Nashville and Atlanta areas. An applicant’s 40th birthday must be after the application deadline of March 30th, 2018. The Nashville area is comprised of Davidson, Cheatham, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties.  The Atlanta area is comprised of Fulton, Cherokee, Forsyth, Dekab, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton.

If you, as an applicant, feel that you fit into more than one industry, please choose the best fit, as only one application will be accepted per person. The Black 40under40 program manager and judging chair of your selected industry reserve the right to move your application to another industry. In the event that this happens, the applicant will be contacted immediately.

The following individuals are not eligible to apply:

  • 2017 and 2018 Black 40 under 40 judges*
  • Previous Black 40 under 40 award winners ( finalists may reapply)

Spouses and immediate family of these individuals are only eligible to apply in an industry not judged by their spouse/family member.

CATEGORIES  

Black 40 under 40 Awards will be given in each of the following industry categories:

  • Technology
  • Arts, Entertainment and Music Business
  • Business Services
  • Community Service and Nonprofit
  • Education
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Financial Services
  • Human Resources
  • Government and Public Affairs
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Legal Services
  • Real Estate Services
  • Architecture, Engineering and Construction
  • Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing
  • Medical and Health Care Services

DISQUALIFICATION

It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that his/her application is correct and complete. Judges reserve the right to disqualify any applicant for lack of completion of the required information.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Links to the electronic application will be emailed to each nominee. You must be nominated to receive this link. 

  • Only one application per person will be accepted.
  • All applications must be typed.
  • The essay questions on the application can only be completed and submitted by the applicant him- or herself.
  • Submit your electronic application by Thursday, April 12th, 2018.

Your application must include:

  1. All required personal information and answers to the essay questions.
  2. Resume and biography.
  3. High-resolution color headshot of at least 300 dpi. If you do not have a headshot at the time of your application, you must submit the photo by March 30, 2018 to us at BLACK4040@stayonthego.com.
  4. One letter of recommendation is required from your employer. A maximum of three letters of recommendation will be accepted including the one from your employer.
  5. No additional information (newspaper articles, etc.) will be accepted; please be thorough on your application.

SUBMISSION

  • All applications must be submitted electronically by Thursday, April 12th, 2018, using the application form that will be emailed to each nominee.
  • Materials submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  • All items submitted for purposes of the Black 40 under 40 become the sole property of The Atlanta Voice / Stayonthego to be used for the purpose of selecting nominees for achievements.

If you are having difficulty completing the electronic form, please contact us at black40under40@stayonthego.com.

AWARD SELECTION

Applications will go through two rounds of judging based on the applicant’s answers to each question; level of professional achievement; demonstrated leadership; and community impact. Black40under40 recipients in each industry will be determined by a selection committee comprised of a diverse group of community leaders and industry experts within each of the 15 categories. All applicants will receive notification in April of the finalists in each industry.

 

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

  • Is your 40th birthday after March 30th, 2018?
  • Upload one letter of recommednation from your employer, and include up to three letters of recommednation if desired.
  • Upload your resumé.
  • Upload a high-resolution, color headshot of at least 300 dpi with your application, or email the headshot to us at black40under40@stayonthego.com by Friday, April 11th, 2018.
  • Complete and submit the electronic application by Thursday, April 12th, 2018.

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