Virginia SPQA’s Award Program is its premier offering. Authorized in 1982 by Resolution, the United States Senate Productivity and Quality Award pre-dates the National Baldrige Program. The oldest continuous state program of its type, Virginia SPQA administers the Award Program on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s US Senators who serve as Honorary Chairpersons.

Organizations receive extraordinary learning associated by applying the Baldrige Excellence Framework self-assessment methodology through an award application. This effort, coupled with independent examiner feedback noting strengths and opportunities for improvement is a unique learning experience which if otherwise outsourced could easily translate to significant consultant costs. Receiving the SPQA Medallion Award is recognition of being among the best performing organizations in the Commonwealth and the District of Columbia. In addition to improving organizational pride, SPQA Medallion winners use the Baldrige Excellence Framework as a tool to help manage relationships with customers, stakeholders, and employees. More practically, winners can use their award to validate excellent performance with rating agencies and other independent entities.

Businesses, large and small, and all organizations in the public, private, nonprofit, healthcare education and government sectors are eligible to apply. SPQA primarily serves organizations located in the District of Columbia or Commonwealth of Virginia; however, organizations in other U.S. states or territories may apply. Eligibility is intended to be as open as possible to all organizations.

Additional details about SPQA’s Award program such as How to Apply and Award Levels are below. If you are interested in applying for the SPQA Medallion Award or wish to learn more about the Virginia SPQA Award Program, email the Award Program Director at or call 703-786-8671.

Award Winners from 1982-2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Senate Productivity and Quality Award recipients! Including, Prince Willam County Service Authority receiving the APE Award and congratulations to Federal Facilities Division for receiving the PPE award! Check out this great link below to see all of the SPQA Awards through history! We hope to see your organizations name  for the…

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Submitting an SPQA Award Application

Deadline for Intent to Apply for SPQA Award: November 16, 2018. To be considered for an SPQA Award, organizations must submit a written narrative addressing the criteria items in the Baldrige Excellence Framework. The written application is due January 18, 2019.  For the 2019 Cycle, Virginia SPQA will use the2017-2018 Baldrige Excellence Framework, which can…

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How to Apply

While Virginia SPQA uses the Baldrige Excellence Framework as the basis for its award application, evaluation, scoring and feedback methods, there are some differences as outlined in the Award Guide. To apply, organizations will need three documents available for download. The Award Guide 2019 provides details on how to apply for a given year. The Recognition Intent to…

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