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Alumni National Award criteria and guidelines

Alumnus/a of the Year Award

The Alumnus/a of the Year Award was established in 1945. The criteria are: distinguished professional achievement, distinguished leadership, service to Marquette University, service to the community and loyalty to the ideals of Marquette University. This award remains the MUAA's premier alumni honor.

Professional Achievement Award

The MUAA Board of Directors established the Professional Achievement Award in 1969. The criterion is distinguished professional achievement.

Service to the Community Award

MUAA established the Service to the Community Award in 1979. The criterion is outstanding service to the community beyond Marquette University.

Service to Marquette Award

The MUAA Board of Directors established this award in 1969. The criteria for the Alumni Service Award are distinguished leadership and service to Marquette University.

Spirit of Marquette Award

MUAA presented the Spirit of Marquette Award for the first time in 1996. The criterion is professional and/or personal achievement before the age of 40. Service to the community and/or Marquette would be an enhancement but is not a requirement.

Friend of the University Award

MUAA presented the first Friend of the University Award in 2002. The criteria are distinguished leadership and/or service to Marquette University by a non-alumnus/a.

All-University Awards guidelines

Having received a Professional Achievement, Service to Marquette, Service To The Community or Spirit of Marquette Award is neither a requirement for, nor disqualification from, being considered for the Alumnus/a of the Year Award.

College deans, affiliate and associate alumni associations, national clubs, regional directors, university academic department chairs, Marquette University National Board directors, and the alumni body in general may suggest candidates for All-University Awards.

The awards committee carries forward the names of candidates and keeps them on the active consideration list for three years. Those suggesting candidates are welcome and encouraged to submit additional information for candidates not selected in a given year.

Full-time University employees are not eligible for All-University Awards consideration.

MUAA National Board directors are not eligible for an All-University Award.

Nominators need to make the case for their nominees. Nominating letters should be specific about why a nominee deserves the award. In most cases, the awards committee comes to know candidates only through the letters and articles the nominator supplies.

Alumni National Awards criteria

Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

The Distinguished Alumnus/a of the Year Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement and service to Marquette University or the larger community.

The Entrepreneurial Award recognizes outstanding achievement as an entrepreneur.

The Professional Achievement Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement.

The A Person for Others Award recognizes outstanding service to the community.

The Young Alumnus/a of the Year Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement before the age of 40.

College of Business Administration

The Distinguished Alumnus/a of the Year Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement and service to Marquette or the larger community.

The Professional Achievement Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement.

The Entrepreneurial Award recognizes outstanding achievement as an entrepreneur.

The Service Award recognizes outstanding service to Marquette University, the College of Business Administration or the community beyond Marquette University.

The Young Alumnus/a of the Year Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement before the age of 40.

The Friend of the College Award recognizes a non-alumnus who demonstrates distinguished leadership and/or service to the Marquette University College of Business Administration. (The award is not necessarily given annually but is given when appropriate recipients are identified.)

J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication

The By-Line Award honors an alumnus/a who has attained distinction in journalism and related fields.

The Communicator of the Year Award recognizes exceptional professional achievement.

The Professional Achievement Award recognizes an alumnus/a who has attained distinction as an entrepreneur or as a professional in a field outside of communication.

The Young Alumnus/a of the Year Award honors significant professional achievement, personal responsibility, technical excellence and/or service to the university or community before the age of 40.

The James T. Tiedge Memorial Award honors an alumnus/a whose professional life reflects the values Tiedge taught and lived, including the social responsibility of media professionals.

College of Education

The Distinguished Alumnus/a of the Year Award honors distinguished educational achievement and leadership in care for knowledge, care for profession, and care for person after the age of 35.

The Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Achievement Award recognizes professional achievement in the field of counseling and educational psychology, moral and professional character, and loyalty to the ideals of the university.

The Educational Policy and Leadership Achievement Award recognizes professional achievement in the field of educational policy and leadership, moral and professional character, and loyalty to the ideals of the university.

The Young Alumnus/a of the Year Award recognizes an alumnus/a under the age of 40 who demonstrates significant educational achievement and potential in care for knowledge, care for profession and care for person.

The Friend of the College Award recognizes a non-alumnus who demonstrates distinguished leadership and/or service to the Marquette University College of Education.

College of Engineering

The Distinguished Alumnus/a of the Year Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement and service to Marquette.

The Entrepreneurial Award recognizes outstanding achievement as an entrepreneur.

The Professional Achievement Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement.

The Service Award recognizes outstanding service to Marquette University and/or the College of Engineering.

The Young Alumnus/a of the Year Award honors an alumnus/a under the age of 40 who has demonstrated significant professional achievement, personal responsibility, technical excellence and/or service to the university or community

College of Health Sciences

The Distinguished Alumnus/a of the Year Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement and service to Marquette University and/or the larger community.

The Service Award recognizes outstanding service to the community.

The Professional Achievement Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement.

The Young Alumnus/a of the year Award honors professional achievement under the age of 40.

College of Nursing

The Distinguished Alumnus/a of the Year Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement.

The Service Award recognizes outstanding service to the community.

The Young Alumnus/a of the Year Award honors professional achievement under the age of 40.

The Friend of the College Award recognizes a non-alumnus/a who demonstrates distinguished leadership and/or service to the College of Nursing.

College of Professional Studies

The Spirit of the College of Professional Studies Award recognizes contributions toward outstanding personal, professional or community transformation.

The Leadership Excellence Award recognizes professional achievement through ethical leadership in service.

The Friend of the College Award recognizes a non-alumnus/a who demonstrates distinguished leadership and/or service to the Marquette University College of Professional Studies.

School of Dentistry

The Distinguished Alumnus/a in Dentistry Award honors outstanding contribution to dentistry, whether through practice, research, education, administration or public service.

The Outstanding Dental Service Award recognizes outstanding service to the community beyond Marquette University.

The Friend of the Dental School recognizes a non-alumnus/a who displays distinguished leadership and/or service to the Marquette University Dental School.

Law School

The Alumnus/a of the Year Award recognizes distinguished professional achievement, leadership and service to Marquette or the larger community.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an alumnus/a who has reached and maintained a level of excellence in his/her lifetime.

The Charles W. Mentkowski Sports Law Alumnus/a of the Year Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement in Sports Law.

The Law School Howard B. Eisenberg Award honors a graduate of the Law School within the past 15 years for his/her dedication to the area of public interest law and/or service to the community. The recipient must exemplify living the Marquette mission of faith, service, leadership and excellence in his/her personal life and professional life.

Association of Marquette University Women

The Mary Neville Bielefeld Award is given annually to an alumna who demonstrates loyalty to the ideals of Marquette University.

Marquette University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics

The Distinguished Alumnus/a of the Year Award recognizes an alumnus/a of Marquette who is a former athlete or former student athletic employee whose experience in athletics was integral to their student experience; distinguished professional achievement; leadership and/or service to Marquette or larger community; and loyalty to the ideals of Marquette University.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an alumnus/a who as a student was a member of MU athletics (e.g., athlete, manager, graduate assistant, etc.) and had a national impact on athletics or exemplary athletic achievement during his/her subsequent career.

The Friend of Marquette Athletics Award recognizes distinguished leadership and/or service to Marquette athletics over a lifetime.

The Young Alumnus/a of the Year Award honors an alumnus/a who is a former athlete or former student athletic employee; who has demonstrated significant professional achievement, personal responsibility, excellence and/or service to the university or community before the age of forty.

NOTE: The above awards will be determined by the Athletic Board.

The Hy Popuch Memorial Service Award honors an individual who has provided significant leadership and/or service to the M Club or the athletic department. NOTE: This award is administered by the M Club.


The awards listed on this page may not always be distributed annually.