Alumni Association Awards
The Alumni Association Board of Directors recognizes the diverse talents and accomplishments of Vanderbilt alumni with a variety of awards. The board created the most prestigious of these awards, the Distinguished Alumni Award, to celebrate exceptional careers. The remaining awards recognize a wider range of accomplishment.
Congratulations to the 2020 and 2021 Alumni Association Award recipients! View a video about the winners here.
In 1996 the Alumni Association of Vanderbilt University began periodically granting the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award, not only to honor worthy recipients, but also to inspire students and alumni.
The Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is bestowed on an alumnus/a who meets these criteria:
- His/her accomplishments and contributions have had the broadest possible impact and a positive effect on humankind.
- He/she has made a choice to go beyond a successful vocation to do something of greater benefit for the universal community.
The Alumni Professional Achievement Award recognizes Vanderbilt alumni who have distinguished themselves through their professional accomplishments, and whose contributions honor the legacy of excellence at Vanderbilt University. The candidate must demonstrate leadership and depth in their chosen professional activities, exemplary achievements rooted in their Vanderbilt education, and demonstrated commitment and goodwill toward Vanderbilt University.
The Alumni Public Service Award recognizes an alumnus/a with superior service in the public sector, or a sustained pattern of volunteer service in the community, or service to the arts. This service should be outside of the professional duties of the candidate. Candidates would demonstrate a continued connection to the university. This award is not intended to recognize any political affiliation or work.
The Alumni Volunteer Award is presented to an alumnus/a of Vanderbilt University. It is based upon a significant pattern of volunteer service to the university that has positively represented the university and its mission. Recipients have been actively engaged in volunteer work on behalf of the university.
The International Alumni Professional Achievement Award recognizes an alumnus/a who is currently living or has lived and served outside the United States and has distinctive success in his or her professionally chosen field. The candidate must also demonstrate commitment and goodwill toward Vanderbilt University.
The Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award is presented to an alumnus/a, age 40 or under at the time of nomination. This award is based upon a significant record of career achievement and a promise for future professional success. Recipients have been acknowledged by their peers for their outstanding work in their chosen field of endeavor.
The Young Alumni Volunteer Award is presented to an alumnus/alumna age 40 or under at the time of nomination. Recipients will have a significant, sustained pattern of volunteer service to the university that has positively represented Vanderbilt and its mission.