The foundation will present Washington with the award on June 13 at its 7th annual Los Angeles Golf Classic to recognize the star of “Confirmation” and “Scandal” for giving back to fellow actors and the community at large.
Washington was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2009. In 2013 Washington was honored with the NAACP President’s Award, which recognized her special achievements in furthering the cause of civil rights and public service.
“We are overjoyed to present Kerry Washington with our Actors Inspiration Award,” said foundation president JoBeth Williams. “Kerry’s continuous support for our programs and her fellow actors, and her dedication to countless social and political causes exemplify the essence of this award.”
Previous recipients of the award are Sofia Vergara and Leonardo DiCaprio, who were recognized in 2015 for their philanthropic work. Since 1985, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has granted more than $17 million in financial and medical assistance including $6.5 million in scholarships to SAG-AFTRA members and their dependents.