Special Awards

Special Awards is a calligraphy studio that excels in developing beautiful, one-of-a kind pieces commemorating important events and people. Our awards can look traditional, historical or contemporary. We handle large or small jobs with the same professional attention to detail.

The staff of Special Awards has over twenty-five years of experience designing, crafting and executing unique awards and documents for all occasions.

If you are planning to give an award for special achievement, thank a donor, or honor a retiree, contact us to discuss how we can help you transform your next presentation piece into something truly exceptional.

Our Services

Special Awards is a studio located outside the Washington DC area, that provides professional calligraphy services for corporate events and special occasions. We create lasting documents and one-of-a-kind commemorative pieces using light-fast colors and acid-free papers. By working closely with our clients, we design awards that speak to the moment and fit the character of their events. We specialize in creating Resolutions, Citations, Testimonials, Retirement Certificates, Donor acknowledgement Documents, Honorary Degree Awards and Fellowship certificates. In addition to designing awards from scratch, we also fill-in our client's pre-printed certificates to make them look distinctive and unique.

Looking for calligraphy services for a Social Event? We can help with Envelope addressing, Place cards, Escort cards, Table numbers and menus.



For more than a decade, we have worked with Mary Lou O’Brian at Special Awards. Her calligraphy and special attention to detail always provides a refined touch to our occasions.

Wayne and Catherine Reynolds

Academy of Achievement and
Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation

Special Awards has been producing Life Member certificates for National Geographic for more than 15 years. We are always impressed with the skill and outstanding detail of the lettering. And we are very pleased with the prompt and courteous service provided for each job.

Emily Benas

Senior Manager, International Operations
National Geographic Society

Special Awards consistently delivers high-quality, specialized products for our executive board members and award recipients. Mary Lou’s expert consultation helps to elevate our most important awards in a beautiful and timeless way.

The Wharton School

Contact us

770 Tiffany Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20878