Alumni Awards

alumni-awards-bannerNominations for the 2019 Alumni Awards are closed. 

It is the special privilege of the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development to take part in maintaining and honoring the legacies of two historic institutions: BU’s School of Education and Wheelock College.

Both of those institutions fostered alumni bodies who, through their work and service, elevated the standards of excellence in their professional fields. Both schools honored their many exceptional alumni with awards that spoke to their recipients’ unique contributions. Be it as educators, counselors, advocates or leaders, those alumni helped define what it meant to be a part of their respective communities.

Carrying forward the spirit and practice of those historical alumni awards is an essential step toward defining what it means to be part of our new College and newly-combined alumni body. In 2019, we re-created these awards to reflect our institutional vision by honoring those who, in their work with children, families, and communities, bring us closer to achieving a more just and equitable society.

Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, alumni, or our peers in the community. Awards will be given only in years when eminently qualified candidates are identified.

All previous graduates (undergraduate & graduate) of both institutions of BU School of Education and Wheelock College are eligible for consideration of these awards.

Lucy Wheelock Award

This award honors an alumna/alumnus who has demonstrated exemplary service to their profession or their community. It recognizes alumni who have achieved distinction through exemplary leadership by fostering excellence in their field, advocating for social justice, stimulating systemic change, and promoting diversity.

Young Alumni Award

This award honors an alumna/alumnus who has demonstrated leadership potential in their profession. This award is given to alumni who have graduated from BU Wheelock-affiliated undergraduate or graduate degree program in the last 10 years and are 35 years of age or younger.

Global Impact Award

This award honors an alumna/alumnus who has demonstrated outstanding achievement within a global context. Qualified nominees may be internationally or locally based as long as their work demonstrates international impact in the betterment of a community or to the circumstances of a group of individuals.

Distinguished Contribution to the Alma Mater & Alumni

This award honors an alumna/alumnus who has made significant contributions to the Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development community. Qualified nominees must demonstrate active engagement in advancement of Wheelock in teaching, research and service to both, alumni and current students. Some examples include: involvement in the life of the College, serving on an advisory board, active participation in the Regional Alumni Network, mentoring current students and alumni, supervising student teachers, volunteering at College events, and teaching for the College.