Nominations open for WAA Forward Under 40 alumni awards

Nominations for the Wisconsin Alumni Association‘s 2016 Forward Under 40 awards are now being accepted. Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. CST. Both self-nominations and nominations of others are welcome.

Requirements of award winners

  • UW-degreed alumnus/alumna (bachelor’s, master’s, or professional)
  • Must be under 40 years of age prior to January 1, 2016
  • Willing to have a photo taken and published in promotional materials, both in print and online
  • Must opt in to the nomination process by providing additional information and a personal essay


Winners must exemplify the Wisconsin Idea. The selection committee will judge this based on the following criteria:

  • Achievements in their volunteer and/or professional life
  • Uniqueness and impact of achievements for someone of their age
  • Impact they’ve made in their area of focus (in their field or community)
  • Current ties to the UW
  • Demonstrated Badger spirit in terms of energy, initiative, creativity and drive in their accomplishments