University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


Award nominations will be accepted until April 22, 2016. 

Thank you for your interest in alumni awards. Your nomination continues the tradition of honoring University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee alumni and friends.

The Alumni Association solicits nominations for the awards from all members of the University community. A committee of the Alumni Association Board of Trustees reviews the materials submitted on each candidate and selects those candidates who are deemed most deserving of recognition and whose achievements most closely fit the category for which they have been nominated. The committee often invites consulting members to assist in its deliberations. Individuals chosen to receive awards are honored each year at the Alumni Awards Evening.


Read the awards criteria below before making your recommendations. A candidate may be nominated for more than one award category, and the selection committee reserves the right to grant an award for which the candidate has not been nominated.




Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is presented on limited occasions when the UWM Alumni Association recognizes an alumnus/alumna with exemplary achievements over the span of a lifetime. This award recognizes those who have had extraordinary success in the following arenas: professional achievement, community involvement, advancement of UWM’s mission, giving back of time, effort, and/or capital, and encouraging and inspiring future leaders.

Distinguished Alumni Service Award

This award recognizes alumni for exceptional volunteer leadership in service to UWM and the Alumni Association. Recipients will demonstrate a quality and depth of service to UWM that is truly outstanding. To be awarded to one alumna/us annually.

UWM Foundation Alumni Achievement Award
This award, presented annually, recognizes alumni who have achieved prominence, accomplishment and recognition, and demonstrate leadership in their profession. Honorees should represent characteristics of UWM’s mission to serve a broad and diverse student body, who go on to contribute to their community and/or profession in impactful ways. An effort will be made to bring individuals awarded this honor back to campus to participate in classes and public lectures to share their UWM story, as well as professional insight, expertise and knowledge with students, faculty and university staff.

Honorary Alumni Award

Honorary Alumni status is presented to a person who is not a graduate of UWM but who has earned this recognition and honor through deep loyalty, service and support of the University and the Alumni Association.

Graduate of the Last Decade Award

This award honors alumni from each School or College who have achieved accomplishments of significant importance at an early stage of their careers (1-10 years after their undergraduate or graduate degree). The award is intended to recognize either professional accomplishment or service to the university by those who have graduated within the last decade.

New for 2015: Both undergraduate AND graduate students from the last ten years are eligible for this award and the committee may select several from each category.

Community Service Award

The Community Service Award honors those alumni who have generously contributed their time and talents for the enrichment of others and the betterment of their communities. This award bestows recognition on those individuals who have given of themselves in support of various civic, charitable, philanthropic and social welfare organizations.

Corporate Partner Award
The Corporate Partner Award recognizes corporations or non-profit organizations which have a significant impact on the campus and/or on the lives of alumni and students by assisting in the advancement, growth and/or development of UWM.

Panther Pride Volunteer Award
This award honors an alumni group or individual who has rendered outstanding voluntary service, loyalty and support to UWM and alumni in their local region or area of affinity. This honor can be awarded to an official UWMAA Chapter or to an individual program/event volunteer.