Vanderbilt 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.

We encourage alumni, faculty and staff to nominate alumni for the following awards.

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus/alumna whose accomplishments and contributions have had the broadest impact and positive effect on mankind. Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award are celebrated for going beyond their successful vocation and bringing benefit to the universal community.

Previous Award Winners

The Alumni Volunteer Award

The Alumni Volunteer Award is presented annually 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.

Previous Award Winners

The Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award

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.

Previous Award Winners

Young Alumni Volunteer Award

The Young Alumni Volunteer Award is presented annually 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.

This is a new award for 2014.

Alumni Public Service Award

The Alumni Public Service Award is presented annually to an alumnus/alumna with superior service in the public sector or a sustained pattern of volunteer service in the community, or service to the arts, that has positively represented the university and fellow citizens. This award is not intended to recognize any political affiliation or work.

This is a new award for 2014.

International Alumni Professional Achievement Award

The International Alumni Professional Achievement Award is presented annually to an alumnus/alumna who is living outside the United States and has distinctive success in his or her professionally chosen field.

This is a new award for 2014.

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Alumni Association Awards

Distinguished Alumni Award Winners


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.

We encourage alumni, faculty and staff to nominate deserving alumni for this award.