Alumni Award Nominations

2020 Alumni Awards Celebration

The postponed 2020 Neag School of Education Alumni Awards will be held in a virtual format to be launched on Saturday, Oct. 24. Get all the details, and share your congratulatory messages with the 2020 winners!

Seeking Nominations for 2021 Neag School of Education Alumni Awards

The nomination process for the 2021 Alumni Awards is open through Oct. 30, 2020.

The Neag School of Education Alumni Board is currently seeking nominations for its 2021 Alumni Awards. You are invited to nominate deserving alumni for the six prestigious awards. Criteria and required nomination materials are noted below.

The most prestigious of these awards is the Distinguished Alumni Award. Candidates for this award are identified by the dean and faculty of the Neag School of Education. This award is given annually to a graduate who has made a significant impact on education, has a national reputation for her/his work, has been an inspiration to other professionals, and has shown continued involvement with the Neag School of Education.

Check out the list of past honorees — and read more about the 2020 award recipients.

Jonathan XIV with the 2020 Alumni Awards.

Jonathan XIV with the 2020 Alumni Awards. (Angelina Reyes/UConn)

Award Categories

Outstanding Higher Education Professional
A faculty member or administrator at a college or university

Outstanding School Superintendent
Leader of a public or private school system

Outstanding School Administrator
A principal, assistant principal, central office administrator, or director

Outstanding School Educator
All pre-K through 12th-grade educators including classroom, reading, technology, ELL, school counselors, school psychologists, etc.

Outstanding Professional
A professional working within the public or private sector

Outstanding Early Career Professional
A promising young professional in the first five years of his/her career in education

Criteria for Nomination

  • Alumni status from the Neag School of Education
  • Demonstrated excellence in the award category
  • Significant contributions to her/his educational environment
  • Professional and/or community service
  • Five years or more of service in the award category, excluding Outstanding Early Career Professional
  • Please note: Current, full-time Neag School faculty are ineligible for nomination

Nomination Process

1. The following materials are required for a completed nomination:

  • A personal letter from the individual making the nomination describing the significant qualifications, abilities, characteristics, and achievements that make this nominee an outstanding candidate for the award. Please, no self-nominations.
  • A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume.
  • One additional letter of support is required; up to two letters will be accepted and reviewed.
  • Optionally, submit any additional supporting documentation that will assist the selection committee in evaluating the nominee’s suitability for an award (e.g. publications, previous awards, news articles, etc.).

2.  Complete the online nomination form, including the submission of materials mentioned above. Please note: Nominations in print format are not accepted. All submissions must be submitted electronically.

The 2021 nomination process is open through Oct. 30, 2020.

Please gather ALL materials before completing the online nomination form. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. 

For questions about the nomination process, please contact Emily Murray at