Crystal Awards

Familiar Faces.... Making a Difference


The Crystal Awards, hosted annually by the East Lansing City Council, honor individuals, businesses, professionals, nonprofits and community groups that have made an outstanding contribution to community life in East Lansing. View past recipients (1998-2020)

Nominate an Unsung East Lansing Hero for a 2021 Crystal Award


The City of East Lansing is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Crystal Awards through April 15, 2021, with plans to hold the 2021 community ceremony on June 24. Community members are encouraged to think of the unsung heroes of East Lansing and consider submitting a nomination for an individual, business, nonprofit or community group they think should be recognized! Nominations can be submitted via the Online Nomination Form or the Fillable PDF Nomination Form.  

Selection Criteria


All nominations are reviewed by a community selection committee and four recipients are selected on an annual basis. Recipients are dedicated to enhancing East Lansing. They demonstrate a passion for and commitment to creating a healthy and vibrant community and serve as an inspiration to others. View Selection Criteria.