The American University Alumni Awards are the highest honors presented by the AU Alumni Association. Selected through a highly competitive process, each recipient has made a lasting impact on society and on AU through outstanding professional, philanthropic, or volunteer accomplishments.
Neil Kerwin Alumni Achievement Award
Renamed in 2016 to commemorate the successes of AU's first alumni president, the Neil Kerwin Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through their professional accomplishments.
Alumni Recognition Award
The Alumni Recognition Award recognizes alumni who inspire the world around them through service to the community or a philanthropic mission.
Alumni Eagle Award
The Alumni Eagle Award recognizes alumni who have rendered outstanding service to the University and/or the Alumni Association.
Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award recognizes recent alumni (those who received their degrees within the last 10 years) who are already making significant contributions to greater society through professional or philanthropic work.
- Each recipient must have attained notable achievement or made a lasting contribution in his or her professional, philanthropic, or voluntary endeavors.
- Each recipient must have earned a degree from American University.
- Each recipient is expected to attend the awards ceremony to accept his or her award, except in extraordinary circumstances.
- Awards will not be given posthumously.
- In highly exceptional circumstances, an alumnus/a who has already received one category of alumni award might receive an award in a different category at another point in time.
- The awards committee is not obligated to select a recipient from every category in any given year.
- A separate nomination form must be submitted for each nominee.
- In addition to the nomination form, nominators must submit a 1-3 page statement establishing the candidate's qualifications with clear and concise detail as to why he/she should be selected for the award, as well as an additional 1-3 letters of recommendation. Please limit supporting documents (not including the nomination form) to 10 pages.
- The Awards Committee, comprised of members of the American University Alumni Board, will not conduct independent research on a nominee, and the Committee will only consider information when it is part of a submitted nomination.
- The Awards Committee will not consider nominations that consist solely of a nominee's resume.
- Incomplete nomination packets will not be considered.
Nominations are accepted each year in spring. Award winners are notified during summer and honored at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner and Ceremony, held in the fall.