For more than 80 years, the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) has carried on the tradition of honoring alumni whose achievements in life, work, and service exemplify the ideals of the University.

The NAA has announced enhancements to its annual alumni awards program beginning in 2017. The NAA will bestow one award—the Northwestern Alumni Medal—to up to four recipients each year.

“The award showcases what our remarkable alumni accomplish when they take a Northwestern direction,” says NAA President Kathryn Mlsna.

The Northwestern Alumni Medal honors graduates whose impact has transformed science, communication, education, public policy, the arts, innovation, design, and/or global issues. It recognizes superior professional distinction and/or exemplary volunteer service to society, along with an outstanding record of service and support to the University.

Northwestern Alumni Medal recipients will be announced in spring 2017 and receive their medals during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.

“The NAA relies on recommendations from alumni, parents, and friends to identify potential recipients for these honors,” says Mlsna. Alumni should visit the NAA’s website to read the eligibility criteria and nominate a deserving member of the Northwestern community. Nominations are due by November 30.