Celebrating the accomplishments of alumni around the globe, these awards honor individuals who embody what it means to be a Mountaineer. The winners of each category will be recognized during the Annual Homecoming Parade on Oct. 28, and at halftime during the WVU vs. TCU Football Game on Oct. 29.
Previous award winners include Dr. Patrice Harris, Sam Huff, Bobby Bowden, Natalie Tennant, Da'Sean Butler and many others. If you, or someone you know, fully lives out the Mountaineer values through their commitment to WVU and their community, take a moment to submit a nomination in one of the following categories:
The Outstanding Alumni Award
As the highest Homecoming honor, the Outstanding Alumni award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated significant loyalty and commitment to advancing the interests of WVU.
Homecoming Parade Marshal
As part of the annual Homecoming festivities, the WVU Alumni Association selects a noteworthy graduate to serve as Homecoming parade marshal.
The David W. Jacobs Lifetime Service Award
Recognizing a WVU graduate for lifelong service to their alma mater, this award is named for David Wood Jacobs, who served as director of the Alumni Association for almost 40 years.
The Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumni Award
Named for Margaret Buchanan, founder of WVU's Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the first woman to serve as president of the Alumni Association, this award honors a WVU alumnus/alumna who graduated within the last 10 years and has provided outstanding service their alma mater.
The James R. McCartney Community Service Award
The James R. McCartney Community Service Award recognizes a WVU graduate who has given outstanding citizenship and service to their community.
The Paul B. "Buck" Martin Award
This award, named for Buck Martin, recognizes a graduate who has worked to preserve, maintain and promote the traditions of WVU. Martin served as president of the Alumni Association, as well as editor of The Martinsburg Journal and remains a noted WVU historian.
The John F. Nicholas Jr. Award
Recognizing a WVU graduate who has given outstanding service and contributions to a geographic chapter, special interest or school/college alumni group, this award is named in memory of Nicholas, a distinguished WVU alumnus and former chapter leader in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
For consideration in the 2022 Homecoming and Alumni Service Awards, submit nominations electronically through the WVU Alumni Association website prior to May 30.
For additional information or questions regarding the nomination process, contact Meridith.Balas@mail.wvu.edu.
MEDIA CONTACT: Meridith Balas
Director of Alumni Engagement
WVU Alumni Association
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