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.
2022 Young Philanthropist of the Year
Hilary graduated from Central Washington University in 2009 and started giving back to the university shortly after in 2011. She consistanly gives to areas including the Moss Adams Accounting Faculty Endowment fund and the women's basketball team. She has also been part of the mentorship program at CWU for the past two years, providing guidance to students pursuing the CPA track.
2022 Alumni of the Year
Julie A. Back
Julie graduated from Central Washington University in 1992 with a Business Administration degree and is the 2022 College of Business Distinguished Alumni of the Year. Julie serves on the College of Business Leadership Board and is an advisor/principal at Wealthspire Advisors.
2022 CWU Philanthropists of the Year
Jean and Joe Adams
Jean and Joe graduated in 1988 and have been giving back to Central Washington University for over 15 years. They have supported the College of Business, various scholarship funds, the Wildcat Commons project, and most recently, the Nicholson Pavilion Renovation Project, also known as the Health Education Project. Their significant contributions to the renovation project will include two naming opportunities; the Jean and Joe Adams Atrium in the main lobby and the Sheila Hyatt Athletics Administrative Office Suite, named in memory of Jean’s late mother.
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
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
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.
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