Alumni Awards

Nominations for the 2020-2021 Promising Alumni will open August 24, 2020!

Nominations for the 2020 Alumni Awards are closed (with the exception of Promising Alumni). The deadline to nominate was May 31, 2020. If you have any questions, comments , or concerns please contact the Office of Alumni Relations 256.765.4201 or alumni1@una.edu.

In establishing these awards, the UNA Alumni Association seeks (1) to recognize alumni and future alumni who, through their service, have brought great distinction to themselves and to the University and (2) to foster continued interest in and support of the University.

Each year, members of the constituency, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors will actively seek nominees for these awards.  Nominees will be presented to the UNA Alumni Association Awards Committee for final selection.  Presentations for the following Awards are made at the annual Homecoming banquet.

Lifetime Achievement

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an alumnus/alumna or friend who has given a lifetime of service to the University.


Alumni of the Year Award

This award will be given each year to an alumnus/alumna of the University who have utilized their degrees earned at the University and made great inroads and successes in their subsequent professions.


Community Service

This award will be given each year to an alumnus/alumna of the University who has contributed greatly to the advancement of his/her community, (local, region, or national) to the University, or to both through volunteer efforts or philanthropic endeavors.


Educator of the Year

This award will be given each year to an alumnus/alumna that has excelled in a profession as educator at the elementary, secondary or college level either as a teacher, professor or administrator. They have excelled in that profession and received accolades and awards from their peers.


Faculty/Staff Alumni Service

This award will be given each year to an alumnus/alumna of the University who is a UNA employee and has contributed greatly to the advancement of his/her community, (local, region, or national) to the University, or to both through volunteer efforts or philanthropic endeavors.


Friend of the University

This award will be given each year to a member of the University family who is not a graduate of this university but has given time, talent, and resources for the benefit of the University.


Military Service

This award will be given each year to an alumnus/alumna of the University who serves our country.  The UNA ROTC Lion Battalion remains visible and has a proud tradition of providing quality officers from North Alabama.  In addition to the UNA ROTC graduates who become future leaders of the U.S. Army, alumni who serve the armed forces in the Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force, Coast Guard and exploration of Space are considered for nomination.


Public Service

This award will be given each year to an alumnus/alumna of the University who has contributed greatly to society within the realm of local, state, federal government, or nonprofit organizations. The activities should demonstrate a commitment to improving the lives of others. The recipient must have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service and performed activities resulting in significant accomplishments within their field. The recipient may be an elected official, but selection is not limited therein. Selection will be based on performance and not on political affiliation.


Young Alumni Award

The Young Alumni award is awarded to graduates of the University of North Alabama within the last 10 years of their graduation year. This award will recognize an alumnus or alumna on the basis of outstanding achievement, personal growth in career or outstanding professional, civic, and cultural service in ways that positively reflect on the University of North Alabama. The recipient of the Young Alumni Award will be officially recognized at the UNA Alumni Association Homecoming Awards Banquet.


Promising Alumni

This award will be given each year to graduating seniors (eight) who have demonstrated great promise in their chosen fields (through academic performance) and who show great potential for future community and university service (through co-curricular involvement).  They are nominated and voted on by a selection committee composed of faculty, staff and alumni of the University. 

Learn more about Promising Alumni here.