GW has a long history of honoring its alumni, beginning with the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards, established in 1937.
Presented by the George Washington Alumni Association (GWAA), the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards are given annually to GW alumni and MVC alumnae who have obtained notable success in their chosen profession, thereby bringing honor to themselves and their alma mater.
Since 2007, the GWAA has also recognized young alumni with the Recent Alumni Achievement Award. This award honors alumni who have graduated in the last ten years and have attained notable achievements in their field of endeavor.
The Alumni Achievement Award is the highest form of recognition given by the university and the George Washington Alumni Association to a GW or MVC graduate on an annual basis. In 2012, the recipients included Kathleen Dumais, MVC BA ’80, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, who was recognized for her work in politics and the field of law. Dumais’ classmate, and current GW Trustee, Cynthia Steele Vance, MVC BA ’79, presented the award.
The event takes place every fall during Alumni Weekend. Nominations for the 78th annual Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards will open in February 2014. To nominate Mount Vernon alumnae for this prestigious recognition when the 2014 nominations period opens, please visit: alumni.gwu.edu/distinguished-alumni-achievement-award