Distinguished Alumni Awards

Sacred Heart University alumni demonstrate a commitment to excellence in their daily lives. They use their knowledge, professional skills, creative talents and humanistic strengths to make a difference in their careers and communities. Many are deserving of these awards.

Save the Date for the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony: June 8, 2019

Online nominations for the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards are open until March 27, 2019. Contact Todd Gibbs, Executive Director for Development & Alumni Engagement at 203.365.4256 or gibbst@sacredheart.edu with any questions.

Submit your nomination for the Distinguished Alumni Awards


Alumni Achievement Award
The Alumni Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association. It recognizes achievement of an exceptional nature in both a person's career and service to society.  

Pioneer Award
The Pioneer Award is rooted in Sacred Heart's mission to educate the whole person while preparing students to lead and serve in the world today. The Award honors an individual who personifies Sacred Heart values through outstanding vocational achievement that make a profound difference in the lives of others.

Alumni Legacy Award
The Alumni Legacy Award honors a member of The Curtis Society that has chosen to make a deeply meaningful and enduring impact on the experience of Sacred Heart students by making a legacy gift through estate plans.

Emerging Leader Award
Emerging Leader Award is given to an individual who has graduated within the past 15 years and has made significant contributions to his/her profession and community.

Volunteer of the Year
The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution or significant service to the Sacred Heart University community, or his/her own community, which reflects the mission of Sacred Heart University.

Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award
The Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award is bestowed on a current or retired faculty or staff member who has demonstrated extraordinary contributions to the University community as an educator and/or by enhancing student experience. 

Pioneer Club Athletic Alumni Award
The Pioneer Club Athletic Alumni Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional character, commitment, and leadership both during thier time as a student, and post graduation.  The award honors an individual who has remained connected to his/her athletic program and continues to make a positive impact on Sacred Heart University Athletics.

Academic Leadership Awards (by College)
The Academic Leadership Awards are given to individuals who excel in careers relating to their field of undergraduate study. They use their knowledge, professional skills, creative talents, and humanistic strengths to make a difference in their careers and communities.


Award nominees should meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a degree from Sacred Heart University (except for the Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award)
  • Award winners must be present to receive the award at the Awards Ceremony on June 8, 2019.

Nomination Review & Process

Nominations for the Awards will be accepted from any alumni of Sacred Heart University, the student body, faculty, and staff of the University. Self-nominations are welcome. Names of nominators will not be published.

The deadline for the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards nominations is March 27, 2019. The University and Alumni Association Board of Directors will review the nominations and notify award recipients in April 2019.