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Volunteer Group Awards

Affiliate groups are recognized for outstanding programming in each of the following categories. Nominations are due at the beginning of March each year, and winners are selected by the Awards Committee of Alumni Council. Selected groups are then recognized at a dinner during the fall meeting of Alumni Council. A program grant of $500 is given to each of the winning groups to be used for future initiatives.

Fellowship and Networking Award

Programs/events in this category are typically of a social nature and provide alumni an outlet to gather together to interact with each other in a relaxed/fun environment.

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Fundraising Award

In addition to raising money for scholarships, our affiliate groups also raise money to support other initiatives, including THON, community organizations, national charities, and other University programs. This award is designed to recognize exceptional fundraising efforts outside of scholarships.

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Joint Activity Award

The award is presented to two or more groups that have worked collaboratively on a program or event. By working in concert with each other, groups are able to reach a broader and more diverse audience.

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Membership Award

Membership is a key component to any successful group and this award recognizes groups who have developed successful efforts to increase their membership. Past winners include groups who have seen significant increases in the number of their members in a given year, as well as groups who tried something new and creative to successfully recruit/retain members.

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New Innovative Event or Program Award

This award recognizes groups who take the chance to offer their members a new or innovative program.

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Outstanding Service Project Award

This award recognizes the outstanding efforts of our affiliate groups for giving back to their communities through local or national service projects.

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Professional Development Award

This award is presented to groups who offer exceptional professional development programs. Previous recipients have offered programming to their members in order to help them continue to grow and advance within their chosen career fields, network with other professionals, and/or navigate career transitions.

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Scholarship Development Award

Affiliate groups support our students in a variety of ways, including through the awarding of scholarships. This award was created to recognize efforts specifically targeted to raising money to support student scholarships.

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Student Interaction Award

Both students and alumni benefit from programs that provide opportunities for interaction. This award recognizes exceptional successes in this area.

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Young Alumni Involvement Award

This award is given to an affiliate group that encourages recruitment and participation of young alumni (under the age of 30).

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