Nominations Open for Samford’s 2016 Alumni Awards

Published on April 6, 2016 by Philip Poole  
Alum of year noms

Samford University is seeking nominations for its annual distinguished alumni awards, including the 2016 Alumnus of the Year, 2016 Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year and a brand new award, the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year.

The recipients of these awards will be honored during homecoming, Nov. 11–13, 2016.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 27.

The inaugural Humanitarian of the Year Award will be presented to a Samford alumnus who has lived out the Samford motto, “The world is better for it,” through selfless work to better the lives of others. To be eligible, graduates must have completed at least one Samford degree.

“The Humanitarian of the Year Award is meant to honor Samford alumni who tirelessly live out Samford’s motto in their daily lives, and who normally receive little to no recognition for their work,” said Senior Director of Alumni Programs and Annual Giving Lauren McCaghren.

Service is a cornerstone of the Samford’s mission, and the addition of this award is particularly meaningful given that Samford will celebrate its 175th anniversary this year.

Receiving one of these awards is the highest form of recognition a Samford alumnus can receive from the university. Recognition can be made for lifetime achievement or for a significant achievement during the pervious year.

Nominees for Alumnus of the Year should be distinguished in their professional careers, community and church involvement, and in their ongoing service to and financial support of Samford. To be eligible, graduates must have completed at least one Samford degree at least 15 years prior to selection (2001 or earlier).

Nominees for Outstanding Young Alumnus also should be distinguished in their professional careers, community and church involvement, and in their ongoing support of Samford. To be eligible, graduates must have completed at least one Samford degree within the last 10 years (2006 or later).

A list of previous recipients can be found at alumni.samford.edu/alumniawards.

Nominations can be made online:
2016 Alumnus of the Year
2016 Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year
2016 Humanitarian of the Year

Nominations can also be submitted in writing to the Office of Alumni Programs, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229.

“The Alumni Association’s awards committee eagerly awaits the nominations for these prestigious and notable awards,” McCaghren said.

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ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY -- Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.