Alumni Programs - Award Criteria and Nomination Form

Please see our award criteria below, and don't forget to fill out our nomination form!


The Chambered Nautilus Award of Merit 

An award presented for significant contributions, sustained leadership and service to the University of West Florida in the areas of academics, administration, student relations or university advancement. Significant contributions may include that of time, money, professional leadership and expertise, or other areas having a direct and positive influence on UWF. The recipient may be an alumnus or a non-alumnus, and one individual may receive this award per year.

Distinguished Alumnus 

Award presented for significant achievements and/or leadership demonstrated by the recipient in his or her chosen field of interest or career. This achievement may include personal or professional endeavors and/or accomplishments, and recognition is not determined by service rendered to the University of West Florida or to the Alumni Association. The recipient should be an alumnus, and more than one individual may receive this award per year. An alumnus may only receive this award once in his/her lifetime.

Honorary Alumnus 

An award presented for significant contributions to the University of West Florida in the areas of administration, academics, student relations or university advancement. These may be in the areas of teaching, community service, volunteer leadership, financial support or other such areas having a direct impact on UWF and a positive influence on the UWF Alumni Association. The recipient should be a non-alumnus, and more than one individual may receive this award per year.

Outstanding Young Alumnus 

Award presented for making significant contributions to their field of endeavor and/or displayed outstanding community service early on in their career. The candidate will have developed imaginative methods and programs, displayed leadership and development of leadership in others, and will have established strong professional relationships. Primary evaluation of accomplishments should highlight contributions of recent years (nominee must be 39 years old or younger at time of nomination). The recipient should be an alumnus, and more than one individual may receive this award per year. An alumnus may only receive this award once in his/her lifetime.


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