Vanderbilt Alumni Awards: Honoring Service to Vanderbilt and Beyond
Each year, we recognize and celebrate alumni who especially embody the spirit of the Vanderbilt Way and advance Vanderbilt's mission as a global community dedicated to the fulfillment of human potential.
Distinguished Alumni Award
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.
Alumni Professional Achievement Award
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.
Early Career Professional Achievement Award
The Early Career Professional Achievement Award is presented to an alumnus/alumna, 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.
Service and Community Leadership Award
The Service and Community Leadership Award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through service to their community, country, or society.
Vanderbilt Way Award
The Vanderbilt Way Award recognizes alumni (individuals and groups) for outstanding recent volunteer service to Vanderbilt schools, alumni groups, and other university areas. The Vanderbilt Way embodies our Vanderbilt DNA to Dare to Grow-always growing together to fulfill our highest potential, in service to society and our vibrant global Vanderbilt community.