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Alumni Awards

Each year the Central Washington University Alumni Association honors a small group of individuals who embrace CWU's spirit and mission. Nominate a deserving alum, and help us showcase our most exceptional Wildcats. All honorees will be invited to campus and recognized at the Distinguished Alumni Awards and 50-Year Reunion banquet that takes place each spring. Read more about our alumni awards below.


4 Under 40 Leadership  |  Distinguished Alumni Award  |  Legacy  |  Past Honorees

4 Under 40 Leadership Award

4 Under 40 honorees excel in their industries or communities through their leadership roles, share a commitment to personal growth and community involvement, and exemplify true Wildcat spirit.

Successful candidates are:

  • Recognized leaders in their profession OR  in their volunteer service
  • Engaged Wildcats through service, volunteerism and/or resource investment
  • Under 40 years of age at time of nomination

Nominate an alum today.


Distinguished Alumni Award

The  Distinguished Alumni Award  recognizes CWU graduates who have distinguished themselves in their fields; have earned a high degree of respect among their colleagues and in the general community; and whose impact has been felt on a regional, national and/or international level. 

Successful candidates have:

  • An undergraduate degree or higher from CWU
  • Outstanding achievement in his or her professional field

Nominate an alum today.


Legacy Award

The  Legacy Award  honors individuals whose contributions and achievements in the community embody CWU’s mission of fostering citizenship, being responsible stewards of the earth, and leading enlightened and productive lives. Through mentorship, their commitment supports the university’s vision of educating leaders through intellectual inquiry and excellence achieved through a diversity of ideas and people. The person selected will be recognized for contributions to the community at-large, as well as unwavering dedication and commitment to the advancement of Central Washington University.

Nominate an alum today.

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