Culture/Arts–given in recognition of outstanding contribution to the advancement of culture/arts in the region.
Media and Technology-Given in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of news publication, broadcasting, technological innovation and/or digital communication.
Organization-given to recognize groups that have organized to provide a needed service to the region.
Public Individual-given to recognize an individual whose public service is dedicated to the betterment of the region.
Private Individual-given to recognize an individual whose private service is dedicated to the betterment of the region.
Youth Leadership-The award goes to a young person in Eastern Kentucky who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and service to the region.
Tony Turner Award-given to an individual, group or organization that has demonstrated major contributions to the betterment of the region. This is a very special award that is not given every year.