Founders’ Day Awards – Descriptions and Criteria

NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED

Deadline for nominations: Friday, January 8, 2021

Click here to submit nomination(s).

Click here to download Myrtilla Miner’s Humanitarian/Civic Engagement application and award description. (Application.pdf) 


Myrtilla Miner Award
(President’s Award)
The Myrtilla Miner Award for Exceptional Service to Society is presented annually at the University of the District of Columbia’s Founders’ Day Convocation & Awards Program and is bestowed on the person/s the President of the University determines has demonstrated exceptional lifetime service to the residents of the District of Columbia and the nation.

Criteria for Nomination and Selection

  1. Determined and chosen by the President
  2. Award may be granted posthumously

Dr. Paul Phillips Cooke Lifetime Achievement Award
(Named for the distinguished educator and former District of Columbia Teachers College President Paul Phillips Cooke ’37)

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually at the University of the District of Columbia’s Founders’ Day Convocation & Awards Program to a current UDC faculty or staff member (or retiree) who has consistently demonstrated exceptional loyalty and extraordinary commitment, dedication, and service to advance the University, its goals, and objectives.

The list of nominees for the Dr. Paul Phillips Cooke Lifetime Achievement Award are submitted to and approved by the University President.

Selection Criteria

  1. Nominees must be employees with ten (10) or more years of service to UDC.
  2. Nominations may be submitted by Assistant/Associate/Deans, Division/Department Chairs, Assistant/Associate/Vice Presidents, Cabinet Members, or UDC alumni.
  3. Nominee must be living at the time of his/her nomination.
  4. Nominees and/or their work must embody UDC’s mission, vision, core values and have a positive impact on the University community.
  5. Previous recipients are not eligible for consideration again.
  6. Current members of the University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of the University of the District of Columbia National Alumni Society are not eligible for consideration.
  7. The award may not be conferred in absentia; however, it may be granted posthumously.

Submit Nomination here.

 


Dr. Cleveland L. Dennard Distinguished Service Award
(Named for Washington Technical Institute President Cleveland L. Dennard)

The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually at the University of the District of Columbia’s Founders’ Day Convocation & Awards Program to a current UDC faculty or staff member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in his/her profession and whose work has made a positive impact for the betterment of one’s community and its citizens on a local, national, or international level.

The list of nominees for the Distinguished Leadership Award are submitted to and approved by the University’s President.

Selection Criteria

  1. Nominees must be employees with ten (10) or more years of service to UDC.
  2. Nominee must be living at the time of his/her nomination. Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, Assistant/Associate/Deans, Division/Department Chairs, Assistant/Associate/Vice Presidents, Cabinet Members, or UDC alumni.
  3. Nominee must be an individual whose life’s work has exemplified outstanding leadership.
  4. Nominee must be an individual who, in deed and action, reflects and recognizes the importance of a UDC education and its contribution to the District and region.
  5. Current members of the University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of the University of the District of Columbia National Alumni Society are not eligible for consideration.
  6. The award may not be conferred in absentia; however, it may be granted posthumously
  7. Previous recipients are not eligible for consideration

Submit Nomination here.

 


Dr. Marjorie Holloman Parker Distinguished Educator’s Award
(Named for the Honorable Marjorie Holloman Parker ’36)

The Distinguished Educator’s Award is presented annually at the University of the District of Columbia’s Founders’ Day Convocation & Awards Program to a tenured UDC faculty member whose laudable contributions have made major influences in transforming the lives of students or noteworthy impact on the District, region, nation and beyond.

The list of nominees for the Distinguished Educator’s Award are presented to and approved by the University President.

Selection Criteria

  1. Nominees must be a tenured faculty with a minimum of seven (7) consecutive years of service to UDC.
  2. Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, Assistant/Associate/Deans, Division/Department Chairs, Assistant/Associate/Vice Presidents, Cabinet Members, or UDC alumni.
  3. Nominee must be living at the time of his/her nomination.
  4. Nominee must be an individual whose accomplishments in the field of education are widely respected and recognized.
  5. Nominee must be an individual who, in deed and action, reflects and recognizes the importance of a UDC education and its contribution to the District and region.
  6. Previous recipients are not eligible for consideration.
  7. The award may not be conferred in absentia; however, it may be granted posthumously.

Submit Nomination here.

 


The Honorable Ronald H. Brown Distinguished Leadership Award
(Named for the Honorable Ronald H. Brown)

The Distinguished Leadership Award is presented annually at the University of the District of Columbia’s Founders’ Day Convocation & Awards Program to an individual who has demonstrated a long-term commitment of outstanding service to the University.

The list of nominees for the Distinguished Leadership Award are submitted to and approved by the University President.

Selection Criteria

  1. Nominees must have demonstrated a minimum of seven (7) consecutive years of service to UDC.
  2. Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, Assistant/Associate/Deans, Division/Department Chairs, Assistant/Associate/Vice Presidents, Cabinet Members, or UDC alumni.
  3. Nominee must be living at the time of his/her nomination.
  4. Nominee must be an individual who had demonstrated the highest level of commitment and service to the University of the District of Columbia and its ideals.
  5. Previous recipients are not eligible for consideration.
  6. Current members of the University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of the University of the District of Columbia National Alumni Society are not eligible for consideration.

Submit Nomination here.

 


Distinguished Alumni Legacy Award
The Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award is presented annually at the University of the District of Columbia’s Founders’ Day Convocation & Awards Program to an active member of the UDC National Alumni Society for five years or more and who has demonstrated extraordinary participation in the Association through contributions to the Alumni Society, including increasing membership participation, enhancing the image of the association, showing professional ethics of the highest caliber, and engaging in the community.

Selection Criteria

  1. Determined and chosen by the UDC National Alumni Society.
  2. Award may be granted posthumously.

Student Humanitarian & Civic Engagement Award
The Student Humanitarian & Civic Engagement Award is presented annually at the University of the District of Columbia’s Founders’ Day Convocation & Awards Program to students (One awardee from Main Campus, Community College, and Law School) who have demonstrated a commitment to activism, social responsibility, civic participation and advocacy for the welfare and betterment of the University of the District of Columbia and the greater community.

NOTE:  While students have been honored in the past during the 160 celebration, 2015 was the first year this award was implemented. 

Selection Criteria

  1. Nominee must be living at the time of his/her nomination.
  2. Nominee must be a student who had demonstrated the highest level of commitment and service to the University of the District of Columbia and has demonstrated a commitment to activism, social responsibility, civic participation, and advocacy for the welfare and betterment of the University and the greater community.
  3. Previous recipients are not eligible for consideration again.
  4. Current members of the University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of the University of the District of Columbia National Alumni Society, and employees of the University are not eligible for consideration.

Click here to download Myrtilla Miner’s Humanitarian/Civic Engagement application and award description. (Application.pdf) 

 


Path Makers Leadership Award
The Path Makers Leadership Award is presented annually at the University of the District of Columbia’s Founders’ Day Convocation & Awards Program to an alumnus and a current and/or former employee of the University who consistently supports the University and its students through a commitment to philanthropy.

NOTE:  2015 was the first year this award was implemented. 

Selection Criteria

  1. Awardee is selected by the Office of Institutional Advancement.
  2. Nominees must have demonstrated the highest level of commitment and service to the University of the District of Columbia and its students through a commitment to philanthropy.
  3. Members of the University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of the University of the District of Columbia, National Alumni Society, and UDC Foundation Board Members are not eligible for consideration.
  4. Previous recipients are not eligible for consideration.
  5. Award may be granted posthumously.