Alumni at Utica College

Alumni Awards

Recognition for the achievements and contributions of alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the College.

The Utica College Alumni Council recognizes distinguished alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the College who personify the College's commitment to excellence and service, bringing distinction to themselves and to our alma mater.

Many UC graduates have gone on to achieve outstanding heights in their chosen careers. Alumni, friends, and students also assume leadership roles, volunteering their time and effort to the College. We would like to recognize these accomplishments during Homecoming weekend.

The categories for the Utica College Alumni Council awards are:

To nominate an alumna/us, faculty member or friend of UC for one of the following, simply select the catagory to download a pdf file. Please return nomination forms to the Alumni Relations (Division of Advancement), Utica College, 1600 Burrstone Road, Utica, NY 13502 by March 15th. You may also request a form by contacting us at or calling 1-800-456-8278.

Outstanding Alumni
This award recognizes meritorious achievement in the field or profession in which the candidate is engaged or recognized; contribution and service in the area of religion, arts and sciences, public service or public welfare; and outstanding service, unselfish interest and demonstrated loyalty to the College and the Alumni Association.

Alumni of Achievement Award
This award is given to alumni who have excelled in their chosen fields and have made recognized contributions to their profession or community.

College Service Award
This award is presented to alumni in recognition of dedicated service to the College or the Alumni Association.

Outstanding Faculty Award
This award will recognize a faculty member for service to the Alumni Association, meritorious service in the field, and service to the college.

Honorary Alumni Award
Recognizes outstanding contributions to Utica College as a friend of the College. This contribution may be monetary or in the form of service which contributes to the strengthening and advancement of the College.

Hall of Fame Award
This award is bestowed on Alumni, who over the years, through dedicated service, have made important contributions to the EXISTENCE, PERPETUATION and ENHANCEMENT of the Utica College Alumni Society.

  • Existence - to have caused the Association to live, be real, and to be actual.
  • Perpetuation - to have prolonged the Association's existence, caused the Association to be remembered.
  • Enhancement - to have made greater, increased the value or worth of the Association.

To nominate a student for one of the following awards: Outstanding Senior, Alumni Memorial Scholarship or the Sportsmanship Award, please submit a letter in support of your candidate to Alumni Relations (Division of Advancement). This is also a self-nominating process; students may contact you to write a letter of support for their applications. When we receive your nomination letter, the student will be contacted to complete an application and will be required to submit a resume and college transcript.

The deadline for submission for student awards is April 2, 2021.

Outstanding Senior
Candidates must be Utica College matriculated students graduating in December 2020, May 2021, or August 2021. Qualifications for the award include one or more of the following:

  • Participation in the activities of the College through campus government, clubs, organizations, sports, etc.
  • Service to the community
  • Outstanding scholastic achievement
  • Achievement despite a personal hardship

Alumni Memorial Scholarship
Two scholarships will be awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year in the amount of $1,800 each. This scholarship is offered to help students further their education at Utica College. To be eligible, students must be of junior or senior standing (by fall 2021), be attending UC full-time, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. In addition, they must have been involved in College and/or community activities. The scholarship is intended to recognize merit, future promise, and service to Utica College.

Sportsmanship Award
This award honors the male and female student athlete who have, through their actions in the competitive arena of intercollegiate athletics, demonstrated one or more of the ideals of sport including fairness, civility, unselfishness, respect, and responsibility. The nomination criteria includes:

  • Athlete must be a graduating senior and at least a two-year varsity player and must be in good academic standing
  • Athlete must be a contributor to his/her sport measured by having participated in a minimum of 50 percent of games over the previous two seasons
  • Athlete must have demonstrated good citizenship outside the sports/competition setting
  • Athlete must have demonstrated consistently good sportsmanship and ethical conduct in his or her daily participation in intercollegiate athletics.
  • The noteworthy act of sportsmanship must have occurred during the past year
  • Supplemental material such as newspaper articles, photographs or videos will not be considered in the selection process

Do you know someone whose professional and volunteer accomplishments deserve to be recognized by the Utica College Alumni Council? Or do you know of a UC alumna or alumnus, UC faculty member, or student whose contributions should be more widely known? Please take a few minutes and tell us about them.

The deadline for submission for student awards is April 2, 2021. Student recipients are honored during the annual commencement program and all other recipients are honored at a special recognition ceremony during Homecoming weekend.

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