Tufts Alumni Award Descriptions

Alumni Award Nomination Form

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE & ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 

Description and Eligibility

The Distinguished Service Award is primarily presented to an alumnus/a who has demonstrated significant service to the Tufts University Alumni Association and/or to Tufts University. Staff, faculty, and friends of Tufts may also be considered for this award provided they meet the above eligibility requirements.
The Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to an alumnus/a who has made significant achievements and contributions to his/her profession and/or community and is recognized for leadership in his/her field. The contributions do not need to be publicly renowned but should represent important creative effort or accomplishment with professional, societal or educational value. The achievements of the awardees should be inspirational to Tufts University students and bring honor and a source of pride to Tufts University.

Number and Frequency of Awards

Up to a total of six (6) awards in the two categories of Distinguished Service and Distinguished Achievement will be bestowed annually at the discretion of the Awards Committee. In no event should all six (6) awards be given in any one category (Service or Achievement.)

Nomination Procedure

• Award nominations may be submitted at any time throughout the year. A call for nominations will be issued in early autumn, and must be submitted by the deadline stated in the call for nominations.
• All nominations must be submitted on the official nomination form. Completed nomination forms with the required documentation support may be submitted online. Paper versions of the form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-843-2586. Paper submissions must be postmarked by the deadline of that year.
• Each nomination must include the nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae and at least one letter of support from the nominee’s constituencies (alumni, faculty, administration, staff or friends of the University) stating the specific reasons for the nomination. Additional information (articles, additional letters of support, etc.) may be included as well.
• Incomplete nominations will not be considered by the Awards Committee.
• Nominees not selected will remain in the nomination pool for one additional year. After this time their full nomination package will have to be updated and resubmitted by anyone still wishing to nominate this person for an award.

The Alumni Relations Staff Liaison to the Awards Committee will solicit nomination updates for Nominees not selected who remain in the applicant pool.

Award Presentation Ceremony

Presentation will be made at the Tufts Alumni Awards ceremony traditionally held in April. The recipient must be able to attend this ceremony in person in order to receive this award. Under extraordinary circumstances an exception may be made so that this award could be presented off campus.

 

YOUNG ALUMNI SERVICE & ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Description and Eligibility

The Young Alumni Service Award is presented to an alumnus/a who has graduated within the past 10 years, and demonstrated significant service to the Tufts University Alumni Association and/or to Tufts University.
The Young Alumni Achievement Award is presented to an alumnus/a who has graduated within the past 10 years, has made significant achievements and contributions to his/her profession and/or community and is recognized for leadership in his/her field. The contributions do not need to be publicly renowned but should represent important creative effort or accomplishment with societal or educational value. The achievements of the awardees should be inspirational to Tufts University students and bring honor and a source of pride to Tufts University.

Number and Frequency

One award is designated annually for service to Tufts and one for professional/community achievement. Both awards may be bestowed at the discretion of the Awards Committee. 

Nomination Procedure

  • Award nominations may be submitted at any time throughout the year. A call for nominations will be issued in early autumn and must be submitted by the deadline stated in the call for nominations.
  • All nominations must be submitted on the official nomination form. Completed nomination forms with the required documentation support may be submitted online. Paper versions of the form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-843-2586. Paper submissions must be postmarked by the deadline of that year.
  • Each nomination must include the nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae and at least one letter of support from the nominee’s constituencies (alumni, faculty, administration, staff or friends of the University) stating the specific reasons for the nomination. Additional information (articles, additional letters of support, etc.) may be included as well.
  • Incomplete nominations will not be considered by the Awards Committee.
  • Nominees not selected will remain in the pool for one additional year so long as they remain within the eligibility requirement of post-graduation, ten years or less. After this time their full nomination package will have to be updated and resubmitted by anyone still wishing to nominate this person for an award.

The Alumni Relations Staff Liaison to the Awards Committee will solicit nomination updates for Nominees not selected who remain in the applicant pool.

Award Presentation Ceremony

Presentation will be made at the Tufts Alumni Awards ceremony traditionally held in April. It is preferred that the recipient attend this ceremony in person in order to receive this award. If there are financial issues which would make it difficult for the individual to attend in person, the Awards Committee will refer to the following travel considerations. 

Travel Considerations

Tufts University Alumni Association will pay for the award winners’ travel to campus pending available funds. The alumni association will not pay travel expenses for any guests of the award winner. Fund availability will be made at the discretion of the Tufts University Alumni Council Executive Committee in collaboration with the Awards Committee. If funds are available and a chosen nominee declines to attend the awards ceremony, the award will be given to the next eligible nominee, as identified by the Awards Committee. During years in which travel funds are not offered, award winners will still be able to receive the award even if they cannot afford travel to attend the awards ceremony. 

 

LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD

Description and Eligibility

The Lifetime Service Award is presented to an alumnus/a who has demonstrated a lifetime of service to Tufts University. This award is intended to recognize longevity and consistency of service and breadth of service over a lifetime of dedication to the university. The candidate must meet the current Distinguished Service eligibility guidelines.

Staff, faculty, and friends of Tufts may also be considered for this award provided they meet the above eligibility guidelines.

Number and Frequency of Award

This award will be bestowed on members of the Tufts community who have gone above and beyond common service to the university. This award will not necessarily be presented every year and will only be bestowed as deemed appropriate by the Awards Committee based on the pool of candidates. 

Nomination Procedure

  • Award nominations may be submitted at any time throughout the year. A call for nominations will be issued in early autumn and must be submitted by the deadline stated in the call for nominations.
  • All nominations must be submitted on the official nomination form. Completed nomination forms with the required documentation support may be submitted online. Paper versions of the form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-843-2586. Paper submissions must be postmarked by the deadline of that year.
  • Each nomination must include the nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae and at least one letter of support from the nominee’s constituencies (alumni, faculty, administration, staff or friends of the University) stating the specific reasons for the nomination. Additional information (articles, additional letters of support, etc.) may be included as well.
  • Incomplete nominations will not be considered by the Awards Committee.
  • Nominees not selected will remain in the nomination pool for one additional year. After this time their full nomination package will have to be updated and resubmitted by anyone still wishing to nominate this person for an award.

The Alumni Relations Staff Liaison to the Awards Committee will solicit nomination updates for Nominees not selected who remain in the applicant pool.

Award Presentation Ceremony

Presentation will be made at the Tufts Alumni Awards ceremony traditionally held on campus in April. Under extraordinary circumstances, an exception may be made so that this award could be presented off campus or at some other significant campus event.

 

ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP AND PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

Description and Eligibility

This award is presented to an individual alumna/us or an alumni group that develops and implements and/or participates in a program, event, or special outreach effort that contributes to improving the lives of others. The awardee will embody the ideals of the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and as such will "share a commitment to actively engaging in their communities."

Number and Frequency of Award

One award will be given per year at the discretion of the Awards Committee as long as an appropriate candidate or group exists within the nominated pool. The selection of the Active Citizenship and Public Service Award will be made by the Tufts Alumni Council Awards Committee with a representative from the TAC Citizenship and Public Service Committee and a representative from Tisch College.

Nomination Procedure

  • Award nominations may be submitted at any time throughout the year. A call for nominations will be issued in early autumn and must be submitted by the deadline stated in the call for nominations.
  • All nominations must be submitted on the official nomination form. Completed nomination forms with the required documentation support may be submitted online. Paper versions of the form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-843-2586. Paper submissions must be postmarked by the deadline of that year.
  • Each nomination must include the nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae and at least one letter of support from the nominee’s constituencies (alumni, faculty, administration, staff or friends of the University) stating the specific reasons for the nomination. Additional information (articles, additional letters of support, etc.) may be included as well.
  • Incomplete nominations will not be considered by the Awards Committee.
  • Nominees not selected will remain in the nomination pool for one additional year. After this time their full nomination package will have to be updated and resubmitted by anyone still wishing to nominate this person for an award.

The Alumni Relations Staff Liaison to the Awards Committee will solicit nomination updates for Nominees not selected who remain in the applicant pool.

Award Presentation Ceremony

The award will be presented to the recipient at an on- or off-campus constituency event or in the region where the recipient resides. 

 

SENIOR AWARDS

Description and Eligibility

This award is presented to graduating Arts, Sciences, and Engineering seniors for: (a) outstanding student leadership, (b) significant academic achievement (3.0 GPA or higher), (c) extraordinary service to Tufts and the greater community, and (d) demonstrated potential to be an alumni leader. Such a person serves as an example for their peers and all alumni by demonstrating service, loyalty, commitment, and leadership to Tufts and/or their community.

Number and Frequency of Awards

A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 awards will be presented each year.

Nomination Procedures

  • The call for nominations will be issued in early autumn, with the deadline occurring early in the spring semester. Recipients will be chosen by the Awards Committee in within four weeks of the nomination deadline.
  • All nominations must be submitted via the official nomination form. Completed nomination forms with the required documentation support may be submitted online.  Paper versions of the form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-843-2586.  Paper submissions must be postmarked by the deadline of that year.
  • All nominations must include the nomination form, a copy of the nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae, and at least one letter of support stating the rationale behind the nominee’s candidacy. Additional information may be included (i.e., articles, additional letters of support, etc.) as seen fit.
  • Incomplete nominations will not be considered by the Awards Committee.

Award Presentation Ceremony

  • The Senior Award reception is held on campus in late March/early April. Recipients are strongly encouraged to attend this ceremony in person in order to receive the award.
  • Additionally, as TUAA funding permits, each honoree will receive a $1,000 check to celebrate his or her accomplishments.

 

TUFTS UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT’S AWARD

Description and Eligibility

The President’s Award is given for significant contribution and support to the president of the Tufts University Alumni Association.

Number and Frequency

This award will be given at the discretion of the TUAA President as deemed appropriate. 

Nomination Procedure

The general alumni community is not eligible to submit nominations. 

Award Presentation and Ceremony

The President’s Award will be presented to the recipient in a location selected by the TUAA President as deemed appropriate.

 

ALUMNI CHAPTER LEADERSHIP AWARD

Description and Eligibility 

This award is given to a deserving recipient who has demonstrated leadership capabilities in support of their respective Chapter and/ or constituency or provided valuable input and assistance in allowing a Chapter to achieve its goals.  Chapters include Regional, International, Active Citizen, and Shared Interest Groups.

Alumni and non-alumni may be nominated for and receive this award provided they meet the eligibility requirements. An example of eligible non-alumni would be a law firm or business that donates or provides function space for an alumni event, as well as a parent or friend of Tufts who opens their home for alumni events.

Alumni who are primarily active with the Tufts Alumni Admissions Program (TAAP) are also eligible, provided they are also engaged in the activities of their regional or international chapter. 

Each nominee must have been served for the Chapter for a minimum of one year.

Graduates of all schools of Tufts University and members of all chapters mentioned above are eligible.

Number and Frequency

A maximum of one award per regional alliance, international chapter or shared interest group per year shall be bestowed.

No minimum/ maximum number of awards should be enforced.  Instead, quality of the nominee should take priority over quantity of awards given.  Only those nominees most qualified and deserving should receive the award.  Thus, during the award review process, the Awards committee will be encouraged to seek more information on nominees on an as needed basis and, if necessary, decline nominations that they feel are not substantial/worthy/deserving of such an award.

Nomination Procedure

  • Nominations can only be submitted by the Chapter’s steering Committee. The general alumni community is not eligible to submit nominations. 
  • It is strongly suggested that each nominee have more than one nomination.  If a second nomination is not submitted, a staff member who works with and/or knows the nominee will be asked to provide a written testimonial that will be included in the nomination packet that is reviewed by the Awards committee.
  • Second nominations and/or staff testimonial on behalf of the nominee should provide sufficient evidence as to the nominee’s eligibility and worthiness of receiving the award.
  • The nominations will be vetted by the TUAA Awards committee.  Not all alliances, chapters or groups must bestow this award every year.  It should only be given when they feel they have a deserving recipient.

Award Presentation and Ceremony

Chapter Leadership Awards will be presented throughout the year at existing on-campus meetings or activities or in the region where the recipient resides. 

 

SERVICE CITATIONS

Description and Eligibility

The Tufts Service Citation is bestowed on worthy individuals who have enhanced the reputation or furthered the mission of Tufts University as well as for exceptional contribution and service above and beyond what might be expected, but generally limited to one major sphere.

A service is defined as one which is markedly superior to that rendered by the average individual in the same position and/or which represents a real voluntary contribution in time, resources, energy, and support.

Alumni and students whose contributions were focused in one particular area are eligible, as well as faculty, staff or a special friend of Tufts. Graduating seniors may be nominated for a Service Citation for a contribution that doesn’t rise to the level of the criteria for a Senior Award.

Number and Frequency of Award

There is no minimum or maximum number of citations that may be awarded each year. The number to be awarded is at the discretion of the Awards Committee.

Nomination Procedure

  • Award nominations may be submitted at any time throughout the year. A call for nominations will be issued in conjunction with the nomination call for the Distinguished Service and Achievement Awards, the Young Alumni Service and Achievement Awards, the Lifetime Service Award, and the Active Citizenship an.
  • All nominations must be submitted on the official nomination form. Completed nomination forms with the required documentation support may be submitted online. Paper versions of the form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-843-2586. Paper submissions must be postmarked by the deadline of that year.
  • Each nomination must include the nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae and at least one letter of support from the nominee’s constituencies (alumni, faculty, administration, staff or friends of the University) stating the specific reasons for the nomination. Additional information (articles, additional letters of support, etc.) may be included as well.
  • Incomplete nominations will not be considered by the Awards Committee.
  • Nominees not selected will remain in the nomination pool for one additional year. After this time their full nomination package will have to be updated and resubmitted by anyone still wishing to nominate this person for an award.

The Alumni Relations Staff Liaison to the Awards Committee will solicit nomination updates for Nominees not selected who remain in the applicant pool.

Citation Presentation

Citations will be presented throughout the year at existing on-campus meetings or activities or in the region where the recipient resides. For a student or graduating senior recipient, the citation will be presented at a student group meeting in front of their peers or at another similar opportunity on campus.