Call for Award Nominations

In 1996 the Vanderbilt Alumni Association began granting the Distinguished Alumni Award—not only to honor worthy recipients, but also to inspire students and alumni. You are now invited to submit nominations for the next award.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus/a whose accomplishments and contributions have had the broadest possible impact and a positive effect on humankind. Recipients have made a choice to go beyond a successful vocation to do something of greater benefit for the universal community.

A few past recipients include Muhammad Yunus, PhD’71, Nobel Peace Prize winner and microlending banker to the world’s poor; Dr. Normal Shumway, MD’49, heart transplant pioneer; Delbert Mann, BA’41, Oscar-winning film and television director; the Rev. James M. Lawson, ’60 (Divinity), renowned nonviolent theorist; and Carol Ann Etherington, MSN’75, health and human rights advocate.

To nominate someone for the award, please provide the nominee’s name, address, degree and graduation year (if known), along with your own name, address, daytime phone number and e-mail address. Also provide details about the individual to support your nomination, based on the criteria above, and e-mail everything to by Sept. 1, 2009. You may also submit your nomination using our online form.