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Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize College of Social Work alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and service to their profession or their community.  


The Alumni Excellence Award recognizes alumni who have made exceptional contributions to social work through a distinguished career in their field of practice and who personify the principles and values of the profession. 

  • The Emerging Leader Award recognizes recent alumni who are already making exceptional contributions to social work and who personify the principles and values of the profession. 
  • Recipients must have earned a degree from the College of Social Work within the last 10 years. 

The Military Service Award recognizes alumni who are/were military affiliated and continue to serve others through their commitment to the social work profession. 

Nomination Process

The following materials are required for a nomination to be considered: 

  • Nominator name and contact information 
  • Nominee name and contact information 
  • Nominee’s current vita or resume  
  • Endorsement statement (to include detailed information about the nominee and why they would be a deserving recipient) 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Recipients may not receive the same award multiple times. 
  • Recipients must meet the eligibility criteria of their specific award.
  • Recipients must participate in the recognition event in person unless exceptional circumstances prevent such participation.  

Further Guidelines

  • CoSW reserves the right to name recipients for all or only a selection of the awards each year. 
  • Only information submitted as part of a nomination will be considered; additional independent research regarding nominees will not occur.
  • Incomplete nominations will not be accepted.  
  • Current members of the College of Social Work Alumni Advisory Board are not eligible to receive a Distinguished Alumni award until one year after their term concludes.  

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