Alumni Awards

Our stars of yesterday … are still shining brightly today!

AU’s alumni ambassadors are blazing trails in science and technology — or in nursing, archeology, counseling — or as creators of digitally enhanced education models of the future. Our celebrated alumni are committed to improving themselves and the lives of those with whom they connect, each day – in Canada and around the world.

Each year, we honour four outstanding AU ambassadors who are living their lives out loud, providing hope, insight, inspiration and encouragement - in their communities, in their work spaces, and in the hearts and minds of many.

Nominate an outstanding AU graduate who is making a difference in their community in one of four categories:

  • The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the accomplishments of an AU graduate who brings honour and prestige to the University. The recipient of this award is selected based on evidence of outstanding contributions to any field of human endeavor, or extraordinary contributions to his or her community.
  • The Rising Star Award recognizes an AU graduate who has demonstrated leadership and significant contributions to an area of expertise early in his or her career. The recipient will have shown significant success at an early age or in a new industry.
  • The Volunteer Service Award recognizes an AU graduate who has demonstrated a spirit of volunteerism and community service through active, unpaid involvement in and contributions to his or her community.
  • The Future Alumni Award recognizes the leadership, service and potential of a current AU student who has completed a minimum of 15 course credits at AU. The recipient of this award will have demonstrated academic excellence and substantial contributions to his or her community or career while balancing the demands of student life.

All AU graduates are eligible with the exception of serving politicians, serving AU Board of Governors members, or those employed by Athabasca University. Students with 15 course credits or more are eligible for the Future Alumni Award. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Nominations for 2020 have closed. Nominations for 2021 will open in January.