Distinguished Alumni Awards

Since 1974, the USJ Alumni Association has presented the Distinguished Alumni Awards annually to outstanding alumni and University community members.

DAA Nomination Form Past Recipients

The Distinguished Alumni Award Committee embraces the following definition of the term Distinguished Alumni: Individuals who, because of superior and extraordinary achievements, have brought credit to themselves and to the University of Saint Joseph.


2020 Event

The 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony has been postponed to Fall 2021. Please check back for details.


Questions? Please contact Katie Burke ’15, M’17 at [email protected] or 860.231.5364.

The Committee is Pleased to Extend the Invitation for Nominations Based on the Following Criteria:

Professional Distinction & Outstanding Service to the Community

The Sister Mary Rosa McDonough Award

Awarded to an alumna/us with a bachelor’s or advanced degree who has achieved distinction in their professional field or has provided outstanding service to the University or their local community.

Recent Alumni – Community Leadership & Service

The Catherine McAuley Award

Awarded to an alumna/us with a bachelor’s or advanced degree who graduated no more than 15 years ago and has demonstrated leadership and service to the community.

Field of Education (2 awards)

The Sister Mary DeLourdes Kenny Award

Awarded to an alumna/us with a bachelor’s or advanced degree and has achieved distinctions in the field of education.

The Sister Fay O’Brien Education Award

The Sister Fay O’Brien Education Award is given to a graduate who majored in the discipline of education and who has promoted the growth of the whole person in an inclusive environment, encouraging strong ethical values, personal integrity, and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society.

Artistic Expression

The Sister Maria Ancilla Sullivan Award

Awarded to an alumna/us with a bachelor’s or advanced degree and has achieved distinction through some form of artistic expression

Field of Science or Technology

The Sister Mary Consuela Mulcahy Award

Awarded to an alumna/us with a bachelor’s or advanced degree and has achieved distinction in the field of science or technology.

Field of Health Science

The Nightingale Health Science Award

Awarded to an alumna/us in the fields of nursing, pharmacy, nutrition, and dietetics or gerontology who have demonstrated leadership in the field of health science.

Business and Entrepreneurial

The Business and Entrepreneurial Award

Awarded to an alumna/us with a talent for seeing opportunities and developing those into successful businesses or organizations. This individual has demonstrated the ability to cultivate a positive and successful image.

Service & Core Values to the University

Winifred E. Coleman Service Award

Awarded to an individual or organization that demonstrates exemplary service and commitment to the University of Saint Joseph and represents the University’s Core Values

Philanthropic Support

The Pamela Trotman Reid Service Award

Awarded to an individual who has exemplary commitment, service and philanthropic support to University of Saint Joseph. This award recognizes an alumna/us or friend who has transformed the University through financial support.

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