TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Nominations have now opened for the annual “12 Under 40” Awards, presented by the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, and are available online.

Now through Jan. 21, 2022, nominations will be accepted for the award, which aims to recognize a dozen young professionals in the Wabash Valley community. The awards, which began in 2015, recognize people 40 or younger who have made a “valuable contributions at work and/or through volunteerism in the community”.

“The last two years have been tough for all of us, but on a positive side there have been so many people in our community that have stepped up big time,” Chamber President Kristin Craig, a 2016 honoree, said. “We look forward to giving those young professionals the recognition they deserve.”

The 12 winners will be selected around the first week of February, a news release said. Honorees will receive a physical award and will also be featured in the 12 Under 40 publication by the Tribune-Star.

Nominations can be made by filling out an online form at 12under40.com. To be eligible, nominees should not turn 40 on or before January 1, 2021. They must live or work in West Central Indiana.

The nomination period ends on Jan. 21 and the winners will be chosen during a selection process at the end of January and announced the week of Feb. 7.

The 12 Under 40 selection committee consists of one representative each from the Chamber of Commerce and Tribune-Star, one past 12 Under 40 recipient and one or two community leaders, the release said.