Introduced in 2013, the Hanover College Distinguished Young Alumni Award is one of the highest honors bestowed upon an alumna/us, under the age of 40 by July 1 of nominating year, by the College. The award recognizes alumni who have enhanced the reputation of the College through their outstanding professional achievements, personal accomplishments, and/or their loyal service to their alma mater.
We're proud of what our alumni do around the world. You lead in your communities. You create new ways to serve and meet needs. You take what you learned as a student and use it to make things better in your work, where you live and for the people closest to you. Every year we highlight some of the amazing things you or your classmates have done and honor them during the Alumni Award Luncheon.
Previous Distinguished Young Alumni Award winners are below.
Nominations are accepted until July 1 of the current year for the May awards ceremony. Each year nominations are solicited from all alumni and members of the College Community to find those who should be recognized for their outstanding achievements. An alumni selection committee, comprised of alums with diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives, reviews the materials submitted for both the Alumni Achievement Award (over 40) and the Distinguished Young Alumni Award (under 40), and selects those persons whose achievements most closely fit the criteria for each award and who are deemed most deserving of recognition. The names of those selected are then recommended to the association's Alumni Leadership Council and the College president for action. All nominees are kept in the nomination process for two years and are reviewed annually during the fall.
The award is presented by the President in May at the Alumni Awards Luncheon. To submit a nomination, please complete each section of the form. The nominator must provide all materials pertinent to the nomination.
Distinguished Young Alumni Award Criteria
- Previous award winners are not eligible. A list is provided below.
- The nominee must be a graduate of Hanover College and under the age of 40 by July 1 of nominating year.
- The nominee must have made significant contributions to their community, state, and nation through professional service, public service and/or civic activities.
- The nominee must be living.
- The nominee is not on the Board of Trustees.
- The nominee is not on the Alumni Leadership Council.
past distinguished young alumni award winners2019 Award Winners
2018 Award Winners
Bryan Gabriel '06
Jared Smith '08
Jesika Kuzouka Young '08
2017 Award Winners
Brian Michitti '05
Katie Miltner '02
Catherine Fannin Peel '01
2016 Award Winners
Elisabeth McCandless Edwards '98
Molly Orebaugh Dodge '98
Aaron Tobian '98
2015 Award Winners
Emily Burks Perry `99
John Resig `01
Bill Wilcox `01
2014 Award Winners
Jeff Daniels `98
Lara Hayes Needham `96
2013 Award Winners
Phil Chamberlin `01
Jill Robinson Kramer `98
Lori Helton Welker `97