Penn Alumni Awards and Trustee Nominations

 2017 Award and Alumni Trustee nominations

Penn Alumni is seeking nominations for the following positions and awards:
2017 Alumni Trustee (3 positions)
2017 Alumni Award of Merit
2017 Young Alumni Award


Qualifications and criteria are listed below:

Alumni Trustees

Alumni are invited and encouraged to suggest Alumni Trustee candidates, who must be degree holding alumni, for the three At-Large Alumni Trustee positions.

The successful Alumni Trustee candidates will begin their five-year terms on January 1, 2018. The Penn Alumni Nominations Committee, chaired by Penn Alumni President Julie Beren Platt, C’79, and made up of current and former Alumni Trustees, will evaluate and recommend candidates for trusteeship based on evidence of leadership; involvement in alumni activities; record of achievement professionally, civically/socially, and for Penn; representation of the alumni body in terms of geography, gender, school/college, and personal background; record of financial support to Penn relative to capacity; and evidence of "trustee caliber." Please provide supporting documentation for why a candidate should be considered for alumni trusteeship at this time.

The deadline for Alumni Trustee nominations is Friday, January 6, 2017.

Click here for the 2017 Alumni Trustee Nomination Form

The form requests the following information (additional information about the nominee is welcome):
- Examples of Nominees Commitment and Service to the University (required)
- Examples of Nominees Good Character and Citizenship (required)
- Nominees Professional Accomplishments
- Examples of Nominees Memberships/Directorships of other organizations

Alumni Awards of Merit

The deadline for Alumni Award of Merit and Young Alumni Award nominations is Friday, February 3, 2017.

Each year, Penn Alumni presents the Alumni Award of Merit to alumni volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the University. Community service, professional achievements, and other such accomplishments are considered but are only secondary to University service. The awards will be presented during Homecoming Weekend 2017 at the Alumni Award of Merit Gala, a celebration for all alumni volunteers. Attendance at the ceremony, to be held November 3, 2017, is a prerequisite for receiving the Award.

Click here for 2017 Alumni Award of Merit Nomination Form

The form requests the following information (additional information about the nominee is welcome):
- Examples of Nominees Commitment and Service to the University (required)
- Examples of Nominees Good Character and Citizenship (required)


The Young Alumni Award recognizes outstanding leadership and service to the University prior to one's 16th reunion year. Community service, professional achievements, and other such accomplishments are considered but are secondary to five to 15 years of varied University service. The Young Alumni Award will also be presented during Homecoming Weekend 2017. Attendance at the ceremony, to be held November 3, 2017, is a prerequisite for receiving the Award.

Click here for the 2017 Young Alumni Award Nomination Form

The form requests the following information (additional information about the nominee is welcome):
- Examples of Nominees Commitment and Service to the University (required)
- Examples of Nominees Good Character and Citizenship (required)

The Penn Alumni Awards and Resolutions Committee, chaired by Susan Frier Danilow, CW’74, G’74, and made up of previous alumni award recipients, will give consideration to suggested candidates for the Alumni Award of Merit and the Young Alumni Award. In addition to the online nomination form, documentation supporting why a candidate should be considered for the Award of Merit or the Young Alumni Award should be submitted at this time. Please note: the strongest nominations are those that are accompanied by three or more letters of recommendation from classmates, colleagues, University staff, and others who know the candidate well in his/her service to Penn.


If you are not submitting nominations via the online forms available at the above links, please forward your nominations and supporting materials to Trina Middleton, Director of Penn Alumni Board Services, by e-mail at trinalm@upenn.edu, by fax at (215) 898-5383, or by mail at the address below. Formal letters of nominations are welcome with the expectation of a detailed account of why the nominee should be considered for Trusteeship or an award.

Trina L. Middleton
Director, Penn Alumni Board Services
E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House
3533 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6226