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** For fillable forms, please click "file --> save as" to save the PDF to your computer. You can either sign electronically and email the PDF back to us, or you can print the completed form, sign then scan and email it back to us at kshepard@swae.org. Please also be sure to mail in your deposit. We look forward to receiving your application.

If you have any difficulty with any of the forms, please don't hesitate to contact our office at
info@swae.org or 480-874-5815, and we will gladly assist you.

The SWAE Award Program annually recognizes organizations for their performance excellence. The program has been expanded to offer two levels of awards:

Organization Level Awards (50-page application)

This application uses the current year Baldrige National Quality Program criteria and follows all standards for the top-level state award.

There are three different awards given in this category:

  • Governor's Award for Quality
  • Pioneer Award for Quality
  • Category Award for Excellence
  1. Any organization can apply: public or private; any economic sector; small, medium or large
  2. There is an option to submit an application for Feedback Only. 
  3. Every applicant seeking an award will receive a site visit

Process Level Award (10-page application)

Showcase in Excellence Award
SWAE is proud to offer this additional opportunity for recognition to the Performance Excellence Award Program. Focusing more on specific organizational processes, we are confident that this program provides opportunities for participation from organizations that have not traditionally been involved.

Click here for a downloadable flyer about the SWAE Awards Program.

Award Cycle Process:

Applications are reviewed and evaluated by members of the Board of Examiners, in accordance with strict rules regarding conflict of interest, in a five-stage process:

  • Stage 1 - Independent review and evaluation by the individual members of the examiner team
  • Stage 2 - Consensus review and evaluation by the examiner team
  • Stage 3 - Site visits by the examiner team
  • Stage 4 - Review of examiner findings by Panel of Judges
  • Stage 5 - Due Diligence

Southwest Alliance for Excellence | 3961 E. Chandler Blvd. #111-334, Phoenix, AZ 85048
Phone: (480) 874-5815 | Fax: (602) 343-8330

Southwest Alliance for Excellence is committed to operating in furtherance of its tax-exempt purposes and in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, including those concerning accounting and auditing, and prohibits fraudulent practices by any of its board members, officers, employees or volunteers.  If you have a concern regarding practices of any board member, officer, employee or volunteer, you may confidentially contact:  Jean Hammelev at jean.hammelev@bannerhealth.com or 602-685-5267. No one who in good faith reports an ethics violation shall suffer harassment, retaliation or adverse consequence.

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