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Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations

This prestigious, annual award honors a select few alumni who have become world-class ambassadors of the University of Central Oklahoma. Nominations must be submitted by March 31, 2022 for consideration for the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

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Award recipients have achieved distinctive and notable accomplishments in at least one of four categories:

Professional/Career

Distinguished alumni in this category are recognized for their accomplishments in their chosen profession. Criteria for measuring achievements includes:

  • Recognized leadership qualities
  • Impact on and success in the field
  • Dedication to chosen field (includes volunteering, educational outreach, etc.)
  • Recognition within the field
  • Length of professional service
  • Degrees earned
  • Publications, research, etc. within the field (if applicable)

Community Service

This category honors alumni whose voluntary leadership, dedication and contribution of time, effort and enthusiasm improve the quality of life in their neighborhood, community, city, state or nation. The accomplishments in community service are especially enduring in value because their work results from personal commitment rather than a desire for personal gain.

University Service

Alumni honored in this category have a true devotion to UCO and a lasting love for the university, as demonstrated through a substantial contribution of time and resources.

Emerging Leader

The Emerging Leader was established in 2021 to recognize alumni age 39 and younger for their professional accomplishments and engagement to the university. Selections are based on success in chosen careers; however, a demonstrated commitment to UCO and opportunity for future involvement may also be considered.

Nomination Guidelines

1. Persons making nominations must submit a formal nomination form online.

2. A detailed biographical history, resume or letter of recommendation of no more than two pages is required and can be sent to alumni@uco.edu in addition to the online application.

3. All persons named as Distinguished Alumni Award winners are required to attend the Distinguished Alumni Awards held in conjuction with Homecoming.

Eligibility

Please note, current UCO employees and award committee members and their immediate family are not eligible for this award.

Individuals who are campaigning for elected political office are not eligible for the award if the election takes place within 12 months of the Committee's selection meeting.

Selection Committee

The selection committee will be made up of a representative from each university college and three alumni association board members. Staff of the UCO Alumni Association will serve as ex-officio members without voting rights.

Distinguished Alumni Nomination

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