Alumni Awards


2016 Alumni Award Winners (L to R  Marty Ramsey, Director Alumni Engagement, Dr. Richard Starnes, Academic Achievement Award,  Terry Welch, University Distinguished Service Award, Chancellor David O. Belcher, CAPT Alan Parham, Professional Achievement, Mitchell Hutchings, Young Alumnus Award, and Robin Pate, Alumni Association President)

Each year, the university presents the following awards:

Academic Achievement Award 

The Alumni Award for Academic Achievement is given annually to a Western Carolina University alumnus/alumna who has attained extraordinary distinction and success in academe and has demonstrated exceptional leadership.  The award recipient should have achieved state, regional or national recognition.  Preference will be given to those who, while enrolled at WCU, were active participants in the life of the university. Nominate a deserving alumnus/alumna for an Academic Achievement Award. 

Professional Achievement Award

The Alumni Award for Professional Achievement may be awarded annually to no more than one Western Carolina University alumnus/alumna who has attained extraordinary distinction and success in a career field outside of academe and who has demonstrated exceptional and sustained community leadership.  The award recipient should have achieved state, regional, or national recognition. Preference will be given to those who, while enrolled at Western, were active participants in the life of the university. Nominate a deserving alumnus/alumna for a Professional Achievement Award.

Young Alumnus/Alumna Award

The Young Alumnus/Alumna Award recognizes established and future leaders among Western Carolina University’s young alumni. The nominee must have graduated within the past ten years, be less than 40 years of age, attained a level of distinction in his chosen field of work, demonstrated a commitment to the service of others and shown the potential for future leadership/distinction. Preference will be given to those who, while enrolled at WCU, were active participants in the life of the university. Nominate a deserving candidate for a Young Alumnus/Alumna Award. 

If you'd like to nominate a deserving alumnus/alumna, visit our awards nomination page.