UMKC Alumni Awards

Sponsored by the UMKC Alumni Association

Nominations for the 2018 Alumni Awards are open December 1, 2016 - March 5, 2017.

2018 Nominations are now closed.

See complete list of Awards below.


There are two ways to nominate someone for a UMKC Alumni Award:

1. You can submit your own nomination. 2018 nominations are now closed.

2. Or, if you would like to suggest a nominee to an Alumni Officer, click the appropriate officer name and send them an e-mail with your suggestion.  Please include your name and contact information, along with as much information as you can about your nominee and why you think they deserve an award.

College of Arts & Sciences - Karen English englishk@umkc.edu
School of Biological Sciences - Lisen Tammeus Mann tammeusli@umkc.edu
Bloch School of Management - Dionne Lewis lewisdi@umkc.edu
Conservatory of Music - Tamara Morris morristam@umkc.edu
School of Computing & Engineering - Kaity Woody zayk@umkc.edu
School of Dentistry (& Dental Hygiene) - Becky Higgins higginsre@umkc.edu
School of Education - Tamara Morris morristam@umkc.edu
School of Law - Cary Powers powerscl@umkc.edu
School of Nursing and Health Sciences - Bryce Puntenney puntenneyb@umkc.edu
School of Medicine - Fred Schlichting schlichtingf@umkc.edu
School of Pharmacy - Jana Boschert boschertj@umkc.edu

If you don't know which school your nominee graduated from, contact the Alumni Office and we can point you in the right direction. 
Kim Rudolph alumni@umkc.edu

To nominate someone (alumnus, faculty member, student and/or constituent leader) for the Spotlight Award, contact the Alumni Office.
Kim Rudolph alumni@umkc.edu



UMKC Alumni Award Categories


UMKC Alumnus of the Year
- Recognizes one alumnus who has achieved eminence in his/her professional field; made contributions to education, science, the arts or human welfare of national or international significance, and rendered outstanding service to society.

The Bill French Alumni Service Award
– Recognizes one alumnus who has demonstrated outstanding loyalty, commitment and service to the University and received prominent public acknowledgment for his/her achievements on behalf of UMKC.

Defying the Odds Award - Recognizes one alumnus who has achieved professional and personal success despite tremendous obstacles such as financial hardship, lack of or few positive role models, having been raised in an environment or dealt with circumstances that were not conducive to furthering their education. This individual demonstrates outstanding loyalty and commitment to the University or the Alumni Association and has rendered outstanding service to the community.

Spotlight Award - Recognizes one alumnus, faculty member, student and/or constituent leader whose accomplishments, leadership and public service have caused regional and national attention to be focused on the University and the metropolitan area.

Legacy Award - Recognizes one family with a tradition of attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The recipient family must have a minimum of two generations of alumni and include a minimum of three family members, at least two of whom must be graduates (third member may be an attended alumnus with 12 or more credit hours but no degree awarded). The nominated family must have a record of outstanding service to the University, the Alumni Association, their community or profession.

Alumni Achievement Awards - Recognizes one alumnus from each of the twelve academic units who has achieved notable success in his or her professional field and rendered outstanding service to the community.



If you have questions about the nominations process, please contact your school-based alumni officer, Full Officer List Here.