SEPTEMBER X, 2020 – BOISE, ID The Idaho based Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture today announced the creation of the Cenarrusa Award. In announcing the Award’s creation, Foundation President Miren Artiach said that it will “recognize and honor an individual or institution who exemplifies Pete Cenarrusa’s numerous contributions to public service through notable achievements in government or nongovernmental organizations, and/or the advancement of agricultural and rangeland innovation, and/or of Basque culture and expression.”
Pete’s wife Freda said that “Pete would be deeply humbled by an award being named after him that is given to an individual or institution that exemplifies the characteristics and contributions he promoted throughout his 95-year lifetime, including service as Idaho’s longest serving elected official (52 years). Pete placed great value on those that choose to serve the public and who advance excellence in those matters he cared so much for, whether in government service or in the private sector.”
Artiach said that honorees will be selected by the Foundation’s Board of Directors from individuals and institutions from anywhere in the United States or abroad. The public is invited to submit nominations through an application that is on the Cenarrusa Foundation website found at www.cenarrusa.org Nominations are open from October 1 through November 15. The award will be presented on December 16 - Pete’s birthday.
The award consists of a unique symbol of Pete’s attributes along and a one-thousand-dollar stipend to the recipient.