Alumni Association Awards

Distinguished Alumni Award 2017 Honorees

The UNCW Alumni Association recognizes alumni and friends for their outstanding achievements and their services to the university and community. Award recipients are honored each year during Homecoming. Congratulations to the 2017 award recipients!

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

Chad Porter '98

Distinguished Young Alumnus of the Year

Darion Jeralds '10, '14M


Distinguished Citizen of the Year

Chip Mahan

Alumni Awards for Professional Schools

Cameron School of Business - Outstanding Alumni Awards

The UNCW Cameron School of Business annually presents the Alumni of the Year Awards to recognize CSB alumni who have achieved honor and distinction within either their professional or personal lives. Standards for consideration include distinctive records of achievement with recognition and reputation which extend well beyond the immediate environments in which they live and work. This record of distinctive achievement should extend over a substantial period of time to assure continuity of performance, stability and maturity. Nominations are accepted from alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the Cameron School of Business. Nomination forms are posted in the fall and the award is given at the Alumni & Retired Faculty Mixer in the spring.

School of Nursing Outstanding Alumnus Award

The UNCW School of Nursing Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award is presented at the annual Nurses Day Banquet in May. Alumni who are chosen must have graduated in 2010 or prior and exemplify the spirit of excellence in nursing directly working with patients along with providing service to their community. Nominations are accepted from alumni, faculty, staff and community members. Nomination forms are posted in the spring.

Watson College of Education Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award

Each year the UNCW Watson College of Education Alumni Chapter recognizes an alumnus who has made significant contributions to education and who represents the commitment to excellence typified by the Watson College of Education. Nominations are accepted from alumni, faculty, staff and community members. Nomination forms are posted in the spring and the award is given at the WCE graduation reception in May.

J. Marshall Crews Distinguished Faculty Award

The J. Marshall Crews Distinguished Faculty Award honors a faculty member who exhibits the qualities of service and leadership that Dr. Crews personified throughout his life. Nominations may be submitted by any faculty/staff member, alumnus/alumna, student or community member. The recipient will be awarded a $500 stipend. Nomination forms are posted in the spring and the award is given at the fall faculty meeting in September. See a list of past recipients and other faculty award winners.

2016 J. Marshall Crews Award Winner - Dr. Stephen Harper

Dr. HarperDr. Stephen Harper was named the 2016 recipient of the Alumni Association J. Marshall Crews Award.  Lolita Bryant, Alumni Association Awards and Scholarship Committee Chairperson presented the award to Dr. Harper at the UNCW Fall Faculty Meeting on Tuesday, September 6.  Dr. Harper was chosen for the award based on qualities of service, leadership and student support personified by Dr. Crews.

The Alumni Association annually presents two awards to graduating seniors at the Cornerstone Award Luncheon prior to May graduation. Any UNCW student, staff, or faculty member can nominate a student for consideration. The nomination system is currently closed. Deadline for nomination submission will be announced Spring 2017. Visit the award website for more details.

William A. Bryan Senior Leader Award

This award is presented to the member of the senior class who best exemplifies the ideals of service to others, collaboration, leadership and devotion to UNCW. The graduating senior must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, be in good standing with the university and exhibit integrity and creativity. The award winner receives an inscribed clock from the Alumni Association.

Rachel Freeman Service Leadership Award

This award is presented to the member of the senior class who best embodies the ideals of service to others, commitment to social justice and collaborative leadership. Recipient receives a cash award of $250 sponsored by the UNCW Alumni Association. The purpose of the award is to recognize the senior on campus who best exemplifies the ideals of service to others, commitment to social justice and collaborative leadership and who has demonstrated their commitment to social justice though community service and servant leadership.