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Alumni Awards

Do you know a UW-Whitewater graduate who has been outstanding in his or her career, profession, community or daily life?

The UW-Whitewater Alumni Association is calling on all alumni and friends to help us identify those outstanding alumni who have used their education to excel professionally and personally and deserve this recognition.

Award Categories

Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement
Presented to a graduate of UW-Whitewater who has exhibited distinguished professional, personal and career achievement, and is recognized for accomplishments in their field.

Distinguished Alumni Award for Community / Regional Service
Presented to a graduate of UW-Whitewater who has demonstrated outstanding and significant civic and service contributions for their community.

Distinguished Alumni Award for Service to UW-Whitewater
Presented to a graduate of UW-Whitewater in recognition of outstanding support in the development of the university, its goals and mission, and university affairs.

Outstanding Recent Alumni Award
Presented to a graduate of UW-Whitewater no more than 15 years after receipt of a degree from UW-Whitewater. Criteria may include but are not limited to, demonstration of professional achievement and volunteer/civic involvement.

S.A. White Award for Contributions to UW-Whitewater
This award is presented to a non-alumni for significant philanthropic contributions to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Significant philanthropic contributions may include that of time, money, professional leadership and expertise, or other areas having a direct and positive influence on the University. 

Graduates of both the Whitewater and Rock County campuses are eligible for these awards.

Alumni Awards Timeline

  • Nomination can be submitted until October 31, 2024.
  • Selections will be made in January 2025.
  • The Founders Day Awards Celebration is typically held in April. 

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Oeding at or 262-472-7033.

Nomination Form


Do you know someone who would be an inspirational keynote speaker at a future commencement ceremony? 
Fill out a nomination form here »

Learn more about the 2024 recipients >>

Chris Chrisman B.S. ’59 and Carlene Chrisman Chris Chrisman B.S. ’59 and Carlene Chrisman »

2023 Distinguished Alumni for Service to UW-Whitewater

Monica Kelsey-Brown BSE ’90, M.S. ‘92 Monica Kelsey-Brown BSE ’90, M.S. ’92 »

2023 Distinguished Alumna for Professional Achievement

Therese Kennedy Therese Kennedy »

2023 S.A. White Award for Contributions to UW-Whitewater

Henry Schwartz BBA and B.A. ’11 Henry Schwartz BBA and B.A. ’11 »

2023 Outstanding Recent Alumnus

Ed Steckley B.A. ‘18 Ed Steckley B.A. ’18 »

2023 Distinguished Alumnus for Professional Achievement

Contact Us

Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190
(262) 472-1105

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