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The North Carolina Award is the highest civilian award bestowed by the U.S.marker state of North Carolinamarker. It is awarded in the four fields of science, literature, the fine arts, and public service.

Sometimes referred to as the "Nobel Prize of North Carolina", the award has been given to up to nine individuals each year since 1964. The awards, provided for by chapters 140A and 143B of the North Carolina General Statutes, are chosen by the North Carolina Awards Committee appointed by the Governor of North Carolina and supervised by the North Carolina Secretary of Cultural Resources.

The award itself was designed by sculptor Paul Manship and was one of the last commissions he completed before his death.

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