Alumni: 81,000   Students: 17,500

Overview

The true measure of a college’s greatness can be found in the achievements of its alumni. Empire State College is globally known to develop leaders in a variety of fields. A vast number of the college’s alumni have gained unique distinction through success in their professions, service to the College, and contribution to their communities.

The purpose of the Alumni Awards Program is to recognize the college’s exemplary alumni who have made a lasting impact on society and on Empire State College through outstanding professional, philanthropic or volunteer accomplishments.

The Alumni Student Federation Board of Governors established the Alumni Awards Program beginning in 2016 to not only honor outstanding former students but to further illustrate the great value of the academic programs and pride all alumni, students, faculty and staff have for the college.

Annual Awards

Emerging Leader – The Emerging Leader Award recognizes recent alumni (those who received their associates, undergraduate or graduate degree within the last 5 years) who are already making significant contributions to his/her community and SUNY Empire through professional or volunteer work.

Please consider the following areas when submitting your nomination:

  • Significant career achievements
  • Civic involvement
  • Graduated within the last 5 years

Community Impact – The Community Impact Award recognizes alumni who inspire the world around them through service to the community.

Please consider the following areas when submitting your nomination:

  • Exceptional service to humanity
  • Exceptional service to community

Distinguished Leader – The Distinguished Leader Award recognizes alumni who have rendered outstanding service to the college and within their community through philanthropic support.

Please consider the following areas when submitting your nomination:

  • Transformational philanthropy
  • Leadership and service to Empire State College

Eligibility Criteria

  • Each recipient must have attained notable achievement or made a lasting contribution to his or her professional, philanthropic or voluntary endeavors.
  • Each recipient must have earned a degree from Empire State College.
  • Candidates may only be considered for one award category per year.
  • Past award recipients may not be re-nominated for the same award.
  • In highly exceptional circumstances, an alumnus/a who has already received one category of alumni award might receive an award in a different category at another point in time.
  • The Awards Committee is not obligated to select a recipient from each category if applicants do not adequately meet the requirements.

Nomination Process

Any interested person may submit a nomination for an Alumni Award, which are then reviewed by the awards committee of the Alumni Student Federation Board of Governors. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominations for the 2016-2017 Alumni Awards have officially closed. Nominations for the 2017-2018 Awards will begin in November. All nominations should include:

  1. Completed online nomination form or download the PDF Version to complete via mail.
  2. Nominator’s recommendation statement (up to two pages) establishing the candidate’s qualifications with clear and concise detail as to why he/she should be selected for the award.
  3. Nominee resume of biography and additional background information.
  4. Up to two professional letters of support must be included with the nomination form. Limit of two pages per letter.

Please note:
* A separate nomination form must be completed for each nominee.
* Incomplete nomination packets will NOT be considered.

Questions? Please contact Lindsay Valenti, Associate Director of Alumni and Student Relations, at 518-580-4779 or Lindsay.Valenti@esc.edu

Selection Process

Alumni Award recipients will be selected each year by the awards committee of the Alumni Student Federation Board of Governors. Selected recipients are informed of their nominations and selections by a member of the awards committee and their acceptance of the award is then confirmed. After all award recipients are confirmed, nominators are informed of their candidates’ status.