is awarded the Belisario DomÃnguez Medal by President Vicente Fox The Belisario DomÃnguez Medal of Honor (Spanish: Medalla de Honor "Belisario DomÃnguez" del Senado de la RepÃºblica) is the highest award bestowed by the Mexican Senate. It forms part of the Mexican Honors System and is currently Mexico's highest active award since there are no records of the CondecoraciÃ³n "Miguel Hidalgo" being presented since 1979. The award has been given every year since 1954 by the Senate of Mexico to eminent Mexicans with a distinguished lifetime career who contributed most "toward the welfare of the Nation and mankind". Only Mexican entities representing "the cultural spirit of the time" are allowed to submit nominations for this award. This provision typically allows universities, newspapers, learned societies, non-governmental organizations and government entities to nominate candidates.
The medal consists of a single class and is awarded to a single recipient during a solemn ceremony in the Senate Chamber on October 7. A gold medal hanging from a silk ribbon with the colors of the Mexican flag is given together with a diploma signed by the President of the Republic and the leader of the Senate. The medal has the national coat of arms on one side together with the inscription "Estados Unidos Mexicanos, H. CÃ¡mara de Senadores 1952-1958" ("United Mexican States, Honourable Chamber of Senators 1952-1958"). The reverse side of the medal has an image of DomÃnguez' bust together with the inscription "EnnobleciÃ³ a la Patria, 7 de octubre de 1913" ("Ennobled the Nation, October 7, 1913").
The following is a complete list of people who have been recipients of the Belisario DomÃnguez Medal. Only in 1954 and 2012 the medal has been awarded twice.
1954 – Rosaura Zapata and Erasmo Castellanos Quinto