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Pillars Of Fame

The concept of the Pillars of Fame was established in 2005 and was modeled after the Wall of Fame in Columbia, South Carolina. The Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of High Point and staff have always been concerned for the well-being of youth in our communities and wanted a way to present positive, encouraging images and role models. As a result, a committee of Housing Authority staff and other community volunteers began the application and selection process. It is our belief that youth will be influenced by former residents of Public Housing or Section 8 who became successful leaders and pillars of the community. Thus, the Pillars of Fame award program began.

To see past Pillars of Fame honorees, click here.


The Pillars of Fame nominees should meet the following criteria:

  • Be a former resident of the High Point Housing Authority (Public Housing or Section 8)
  • Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Provide written documentation of outstanding community or civic leadership which may include, but not limited to, examples of serving as a role model for families and/or community service
  • Demonstrate that their motivation, determination and desire to achieve have resulted in outstanding contributions to present and past community members
  • Consent to be interviewed by the selection committee if additional information is required
  • Consent to attend the induction ceremony
  • Agree to periodically dedicate time and effort to the community by serving as a role model to present and future residents.

NOTE: Current HPHA employees and/or Commissioners are ineligible for consideration.


All nominations must follow the listed criteria and contain the requested information:

  • Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated.
  • There is no nomination fee.

Please submit applications in the following order:

  • All nominations must be submitted in a three-ring binder or notebook with a clear plastic cover on the front.
  • Sections should be divided by tabs.
  • Front outside plastic cover should contain a sheet of paper with the applicant’s name and a 5” x 7” or 8” x 10” professional photograph of the applicant. (Include a disc with a digital picture in high resolution, minimum 150dpi – 300 dpi, to be used for publication, if selected.)
  • The Pillars of Fame nomination form should be first in the notebook.
  • A one-page letter demonstrating why the nominee should be one of the 2013 Pillars of Fame honorees.
  • A brief proposal on a program/activity and/or community event that the nominee could implement or has already implemented in the community.
  • Include two (2) letters of reference for the nominee that describe measurable effects of community service or community involvement.
  • Include any certificates, awards and/or additional materials about the applicant.

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