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Outstanding Alumni

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. Honorees will be recognized at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony. Read more about our alumni awards below.

2020 Alumni of the Year

Sid Andrews

Sid is a graduate of CWU Lynnwood in accounting and business administration. Last December, he made a generous financial contribution in the name of one of his former professors, creating to the Allen Vautier Endowed Accounting Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in accounting at CWU Lynnwood.

Watch our video celebrating Sid

2020 Young Philanthropist of the Year

Justin Compton

Justin graduated with his degree in mathematics and currently works as an actuarial pricing analyst for Trupanion, a medical pet insurance company. He remains engaged with CWU by being part of the alumni association and by giving to the Math Actuary Endowment fund to help current and future students.

Watch our video celebrating Justin

2020 CWU Philanthropist of the Year

Jean Putnam

Jean joined the Central physical education department in 1967 and was a member of the university faculty through 1992. She was the first female academic dean at Central, leading Extended University Programs from 1982-88. She is a member of the Wildcat Club and made a number of significant contributions toward the Wildcat Commons project.

Watch our video celebrating Jean

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 for the 4 under 40 Leadership Award 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 for the Distinguished Alumni Award 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 for the Legacy Award today.


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