This award shall be given to an alumnus who are age 40 or younger, for outstanding accomplishments in their profession, business, community, state or nation which bring a high level of honor and pride to the University. While the desired outcome is to select one recipient each year, a maximum of two (2) alumni may be selected to receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in any given year, with the understanding that no award shall be given unless a nominee meets the stated criteria.
Selection criteria for the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award include, but are not limited to:
- National or international reputation in the alumnus’ field.
- Outstanding contribution to science, medicine, the arts, or other fields.
- Achievements, patent on a new discovery, or an innovation in a new technology.
- Selection for national or international awards, such as the Pulitzer Prize or Nobel Prize.
- Recipient must be a graduate of the University or former student.
- Recipient is the age of 40 years or younger.
- Members of the Executive Board and current members of the University faculty and staff (including members of the staff of the Crawford Alumni Center) are not eligible for the awards. The Awards Committee of the ASSOCIATION reserves the right to change the category of a nomination if it deems necessary.
- All individuals selected to receive an award from the ASSOCIATION are required to accept the award in person, unless the award is given posthumously.
- The Executive Board shall have the exclusive right to select recipients for the awards given by the ASSOCIATION. While reserving the right not to participate in the selection process, the Vice-President of University Advancement and the President of the University have final approval over all of the award recipients.