Tufts Alumni Award Descriptions

Alumni Award Nomination Form

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

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.

Number and Frequency of Awards

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.

Nomination Procedure

  • Award nominations may be submitted at any time throughout the year. A call for nominations will be issued in September and must be submitted by mid-November for consideration that year.
  • 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 November 5, 2014.
  • 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.

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.

View Distinguished Service Award Winners from 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Description and Eligibility

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 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

A total of six awards in the two categories of Distinguished Service and Distinguished Achievement will be bestowed annually 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 September and must be submitted by mid-November for consideration that year.
  • 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 November 5, 2014.
  • 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.

Award Presentation Ceremony

Presentation of the award 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 awards recognize alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years. They are presented to young alumni who have distinguished themselves beyond others by providing either outstanding service to Tufts or have made an outstanding contribution to their profession or community.

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 September and must be submitted by mid-November for consideration that year.
  • 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 November 5, 2014.
  • 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.

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. View Young Alumni Service and Achievement Award Winners from 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.

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 can not 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 September and must be submitted by mid-November for consideration that year.
  • 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 November 5, 2014.
  • 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.

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.

Nomination Procedure

  • Award nominations may be submitted at any time throughout the year. A call for nominations will be issued in September and must be submitted by mid-November for consideration that year.
  • 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 November 5, 2014.
  • 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.

Selection of Award Recipients

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.

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 occurs in early January and are due by early February. Recipients will be chosen by the Awards Committee in mid-February.

Nominations may be submitted via the senior award nomination form. Please use the link to view the form, fill it out, and either email it to taylor.austin@tufts.edu or print it and mail it to the Office of Alumni Relations. 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.

Nominations for the 2015 Senior Awards may be submitted to Taylor Austin, Alumni Relations Officer, at 617-267-5786 or Taylor.Austin@tufts.edu. The Nominations Call will be sent in late Autumn 2014. For information, please contact seniorawards@tufts.edu or call Taylor Austin at 617-627-5786.

Award Presentation Ceremony

The Senior Award reception is held on campus in late March/early April. Recipients must be able to attend this ceremony in person in order to receive the award. There is a $1,000 presentation made to each Senior Award recipient.

TUFTS UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT’S AWARD

Description

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

This award will be given at the discretion of the TUAA President as deemed appropriate. The general alumni community is not eligible to submit nominations.

ALUMNI CHAPTER LEADERSHIP AWARD

Description

This award is given to Regional Alliances and Shared Interest Groups (Chapters) on behalf of the Tufts University Alumni Association.

The Alumni Chapter Leadership Award is presented within any of the Chapters to a deserving recipient who has demonstrated leadership capabilities in support of their respective constituency or provided valuable input/assistance in allowing a constituency to achieve its goals.

Alumni and non-alumni are eligible for this award provided they meet the above eligibility requirements. An example of eligible non-alumni would be a law firm or business who donates or provides their function space for an alumni event or a parent or friend of Tufts who opens their home for alumni events. Eligibility includes graduates of all schools and members of all alumni chapters.

Nominations can only be submitted by the steering committees for regional alliances and shared interest groups. The general alumni community is not eligible to submit nominations.

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 September and must be submitted by mid-November for consideration that year.
  • 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 November 5, 2014.
  • 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.

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.