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.

Nomination form

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.

Your Information

Nominee's Information

Before you submit a recommendation, please remember that you must provide significant information about an individual’s accomplishments in one of three categories: Community Service, Service to Hanover College, and Professional Achievement. Please provide as much information as possible and include relevant links or copies of materials (news articles, press releases, publications, etc.).

I. Selection of Category (Please select one of the following):


Community Service

The individuals nominated in this category have made significant contributions to their communities as volunteers and/or as leaders. They have impacted positively the life of others and have been recognized for their contributions. To help us better understand, please provide answers to the following questions:

Service to Hanover College

The individuals nominated in this category have made significant contributions to Hanover College and its students as volunteers and/or leaders. They have impacted positively the lives of students and provided support to the College’s mission. To help us better understand, please provide answers to the following questions:

Professional Achievement

The individuals nominated in this category have had significant impacts on their professions and/or achieved high degrees of success. They are recognized as leaders within their fields. To help us better understand, please provide answers to the following questions:

II. Narrative

Please be sure to review all your information for accuracy before submitting this form.

past distinguished young alumni award winners

2019 Award Winners
Not Awarded

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