Alumni Awards

 

Nominations for the 2024 Alumni Awards will open March 1 and will close May 31. Winners will be announced this summer. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (256) 765-4201 or alumni1@una.edu.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes one alumni or friend who has exceptional professional achievements, philanthropic efforts, and service to the University of North Alabama.

Recipients must have strong evidence of the following:

  • Demonstrate a lifetime of exceptional involvement and service to a professional or philanthropic field.
  • Demonstrate a lifetime of significant leadership and/or scholarly productivity within a professional or philanthropic field.
  • Demonstrate a lifetime of continued contribution to UNA monetarily or through service.

 

This award will be given to one alumni who has utilized their degree and made great inroads and successes in the profession. The Alumni of the Year has also made contributions to UNA.

Recipients must:

  • Have shown exceptional involvement and service to a professional or philanthropic field.
  • Have shown significant leadership and/or scholarly productivity within a professional or philanthropic field.
  • Have made contributions to UNA monetarily and/or through service.
  • Have graduated from UNA more than ten years ago.
    • If an applicant has multiple class years due to multiple degrees, the first class year will be used to calculate the qualification

 

This award will be given to one alumni who has contributed greatly to the advancement of their community locally, regionally, and/or nationally through volunteer efforts or philanthropic endeavors that positively reflect on UNA.

Recipients must:

  • Have a positive impact on the region, showcasing a commitment to fostering positive change and community well-being.
  • Exemplify exceptional dedication to volunteerism or philanthropy that aligns with the values of UNA.
  • Have evidence of sustained efforts to elevate and enhance the broader community, illustrating a lasting and far-reaching impact beyond local and regional boundaries.

 

 

 

This award will be given to one alumni in the K-12 industry and one alumni in the higher education industry. They can be teachers, professors, or administrators. They have excelled in that profession and received accolades and awards from their peers.

Recipients must:

  • Have been in the education field for at least five years.

 

 

This award will be given to one UNA alumni who has been employed as full-time staff member by UNA for at least five years and has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Recipients must:

  • Have strong participation in areas outside of their professional duties that benefit UNA.
  • Have made significant contributions to the advancement of UNA through or outside of their current position.
  • Have worked at UNA for five consecutive years.

This award will be given to one UNA alumni who has been employed as a full-time faculty member by UNA for at least five years and has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Recipients must:

  • Have strong participation in areas outside of their professional duties that benefit UNA.
  • Have strong service to the Student Body through advising, volunteerism, and excellence in academic instruction.
  • Have worked at UNA for five consecutive years.

 

This award acknowledges our lion family members who have not graduated from the university but have given time, talent, and/or resources for the benefit of UNA. This award can also be presented to corporate partners who have made an impact for the benefit of UNA.

Recipients must:

  • Show a consistent commitment of time through active participation and involvement in UNA-related activities, events, or initiatives.
  • Demonstrate the contribution of talent, utilizing their skills, expertise, or unique abilities to enhance and support the university community.
  • Exhibit dedication to advancing UNA by providing resources, whether through financial contributions, fundraising efforts, or other means that contribute to the university’s growth and success.

This award will be given to one alumni who serves/served our country through the military. 

Recipients must:

  • Be a current or past member of any branch of the Armed Forces.
  • Have over 6 years total active duty time.

This award will be given to one alumni who has contributed greatly to society within the realm of local, state, federal government, and/or nonprofit organizations.

Recipients must:

  • Demonstrate commitment to improving the lives of others.
  • Demonstrate commitment to public service and performed activities resulting in significant accomplishments within their field.

NOTE: The recipient may be an elected official, but selection is not limited therein. Selection will be based on performance not on political affiliation.

The Young Alumni Award is awarded to an alumni who has graduated within the last ten years.

Recipients must have strong evidence of the following:

  • Outstanding achievement within a professional or philanthropic field.
  • Personal growth in professional career, civic service, and/or cultural service in ways that positively reflect on UNA.
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This award will be given each year to eight graduating seniors who have demonstrated great promise in their chosen fields, through academic performance, and who show great potential for future community and university service, through co-curricular involvement.

2024 Recipients:

  • TBD - More details to come in Fall '24.