Each year, we recognize alumni with these three separate awards:
- The Young Alumni Leadership Award is given to recent graduates who have already made noteworthy contributions to their communities, their industry, or their causes.
- The Distinguished Alumni Citation is awarded to alumni of all ages and backgrounds. Many of Willamette's graduates have made waves in their own ways -- this is the way to showcase them.
- The Sparks Medallion recipients have demonstrated the commitment to the University embodied by one of our most revered alumni, Lestle J. Sparks '19.
Meet the 2014 Recipients
Nominations for these awards come from you.
We accept nominations on a rolling basis for the following year's selection. Announcements and celebration happens in the spring of every year.
- Nominees and honorees shall have completed at least four semesters at Willamette; it is not necessary for them to have graduated from the university.
- For the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Sparks Medallion, the honorees should be at least 10 years post-graduation from Willamette.
- The nominees and honorees shall be regarded as having made significant contributions within his/her chosen profession, including volunteer activities (unpaid work) in service to his/her community or to the public at large. In the case of the Sparks Award, the honorees shall have made significant investments of time in service to Willamette (as an employee or as a volunteer) or significant financial contributions to some aspect of the university, such as scholarship funding or capital campaigns.
- While it is preferable that the honorees are living, it is not a requirement.
- The honorees should be nominated by someone other than themselves. The nominator does not need to be a Willamette alumnus or affiliated with Willamette. The nominator should, however, know of the nominee’s work and be able to speak not only to the high regard in which the nominee is held, but also to the relevance of his/her actions to Willamette’s mission and the spirit of the award(s). To aid in the process, the nominator should provide documentation such as a resume of the nominee, articles (by and/or about the nominee) and any other print materials which would assist the committee in evaluating the nominee. The nominator does not need to know the nominee personally.
- If a nominee is not selected to be honored in the year of his/her nomination, the appropriate documents and information should be placed in a file for future consideration in subsequent years. Nomination information will be retained for a minimum of three years.
- Honorees are representatives of the university and should be held to an appropriate standard of ethical and personal conduct, in concert with the values of the university.
- Honorees should represent a variety of fields and lifetime accomplishments; these awards should demonstrate that alumni in a wide variety of backgrounds, all with roots at Willamette, excel in their chosen fields. All colleges should have distinguished alumni honorees over time, and honorees should represent the breadth of liberal arts majors over time.
- Honorees should not be current staff members of Willamette University.