University Alumni Clubs are run by alumni, for alumni, and most importantly, by volunteers. They use their free time to foster their alumni community, and we believe their hard work and dedication deserves to be rewarded!
Many universities recognize these efforts via alumni awards, but here in London we want to take it a step further to honor clubs, their leaders and volunteers across all US Universities.
The US Alumni Club has created a suite of awards in recognition of service to US Universities, alumni communities, volunteerism, leadership, and overall excellence.
Award winners will be announced at our First Club Leaders Awards Party in January (more details to come soon, watch our website).
To nominate a Club or individual for an award:
You must have graduated from or attended (e.g. as an international student) a US University
Cannot nominate yourself (for individual awards), however a Club leader can nominate her/his Club
The judging panel will evaluate all nominees based on criteria in four major categories: Leadership, Governance, Programming, and Creativity, ultimately identifying the one club or individual that excels the greatest in each category.
Judging panel is comprised of the USAC Advisory Board and Directors. In order to avoid conflict of interest, judges will not be able to participate/vote for awards where their schools are nominated.
More details about the awards
Club Leader of the Year
In recognition of leadership and service excellence rendered to their US University Club and their alumni community.
A Club Leader is defined as an individual who serves (officially or unofficially) on the leadership board of the University’s alumni club in the UK as President, Vice President, Treasurer, or Secretary
The Club Leader must be an alum of the US university for which they serve
Nominee can be a current or past leader
Committee chairs and advisory board members should be nominated under volunteer of the year.
Volunteer of the Year
This award is in recognition of a volunteer who is has volunteered their time in service of their alumni club and community (e.g. organizing an event, running social media, fundraising, etc)
An alum of his/her US university for which they volunteer
Must not be part of the Club’s Executive leadership board (e.g. President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer)
Nominator must be a Club leader
Pan-University Event of the Year
An event organized by a Club or cohort of Clubs that is open to the whole US University alumni community.
Can be organized by a single club or a cohort of clubs
Clubs should be able to demonstrate that the event was marketed to all universities (via US Alumni Club website/social media/email, etc)
Club Event of the Year
In recognition of an outstanding event put on by a Club for its alumni community
An event organized by an individual Club
Open to all types of events: can be social, community, cultural, etc
Alumni Club of the Year
Presented to an Alumni Club who has excelled in the following categories in the given year: governance, programming, membership, and communication.
We recognize that a large club can offer more activities than a smaller one, hence judging will be based on quality not quantity.
Another judging criteria will be improvement. Regardless of the size of the Club, we will evaluate what the Club did differently year on year and what improved (e.g. number of alumni joining club, more volunteers, introduced new concept for events, new governance structure, etc)
Club must be active from at least 2017