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Nominations open for Founders Day alumni awards

Nominations are open for this year’s Founders Day awards!

The University of Utah Office of Alumni Relations annually presents its Founders Day Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Awards to alumni for their outstanding professional achievements, public service and/or commitment to the U.

Additionally, the Honorary Alumni Award is presented to an individual who either did not attend the U or who went to the U for a brief time (a year or less) and who has contributed significantly to the advancement of the U through personal involvement, including donations, volunteer work and/or other forms of support.

If you know an individual or couple who you feel deserves this recognition, please submit a nomination by 11:59 p.m. (MST) on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023. The award presentations will take place during the Founders Day celebration at the Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House in February 2024. Applications without a recommendation letter will not be considered.

Stay tuned for the event date and additional details. Click here to nominate.

Note: The Board of Governors Recognition and Giving Committee does not review submissions for currently employed University of Utah staff/faculty for the Distinguished or Honorary Alumnus/na Founders Day Awards. We do review and select former, retired, emerita or part-time faculty who have been retired from the University for at least six months prior to the application deadline (examples: lecturer, visiting professor, visiting artist or fellowship).  Additionally, the committee does not review current holders of a public office. Questions about the selection timeline or criteria may be sent to Rachel Robertson at