The University of Maryland Alumni Association awards and recognizes alumni throughout the year for their fearless accomplishments.


The Maryland Awards

Each spring, we celebrate and honor the achievements of seven outstanding Terps at A Celebration of Terps: Featuring The Maryland Awards. These awards recognize fearless alumni who have risen to the highest levels of public service, launched successful companies and made groundbreaking discoveries. Past award recipients can be viewed here.

Alumni Association Hall of Fame Award
Honors an alumnus/a who has received state, national or global fame for their significant, positive impact on society. This award is presented to our most notable alumni who instill Maryland pride and reflect the core values of the university.

President’s Distinguished Alumnus Award
Honors an alumnus/a or community member who has achieved national recognition for excellence in his/her profession or field. This award is presented to our most noteworthy alumni who excel in their field.

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
Honors an alumnus/a under 35 years old who has completed their undergraduate degree within the last 10 years and has distinguished themselves personally and professionally. This award is presented to an accomplished alumnus/a who is on the rise.

Spirit of Maryland Award
Honors an alumnus/a or community member who reflects the best of the university spirit. This award celebrates those who embody and inspire Maryland pride.

Tyser Gottwals Award
Honors an alumnus/a who has demonstrated outstanding service to the university, gifting their time and/or talents. This award is named for Ralph J. Tyser ’40 and Abram Z. Gottwals.

Elaine Johnson Coates Award
Honors an alumnus/a who has made a significant and sustained contribution that fosters diversity and inclusion nationally and/or globally. This award is named for Elaine Johnson Coates ’59, who is also the inaugural recipient.

Do Good Award
Honors an alumnus/a who has provided extraordinary service to the world and who represents the ideals of Doing Good.

Nominations will be accepted through November 4, 2019.

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The Alumni Excellence Awards

The Alumni Excellence Awards are your chance to recognize the accomplishments of your fellow Terps. Know an inspiring young alum who is making waves in their career? Are there Terps doing research that is changing the world? Or maybe you know a former classmate who has achieved above and beyond during their lifetime. Nominate them for the Alumni Association Awards today:

Rising Terp Award
Honors an alumnus/a under 30 years old who has distinguished themselves personally and professionally. Up to three Rising Terp Awards will be granted, celebrating a Terp/s who excel in their career and inspire the next generation of Terp leaders. The The Rising Terp awardee/s will also be recognized at the annual Terps Under 30 event.

Research Award
Honors an alumnus/a whose research has made significant impact on the university, the state and/or the nation. Up to three Research Awards will be granted, celebrating a Terp/s whose research is transformational.

EnTERPreneur Award
Honors an entrepreneurial alumnus/a whose company has made a significant impact on the university, the state and/or the nation. Up to three EnTERPreneur Awards will be granted, celebrating a Terp/s who has started a business which is fearlessly disrupting its industry.

Legacy Award
Honors an alumnus/a who has made a significant impact to their community over their lifetime. Up to three Legacy Awards will be granted, celebrating the personal and professional lifetime achievement of Terps.

Thank you for your interest in nominating an excellent Terp for an Alumni Excellence Award. We are not currently accepting nominations, but please consider nominating a deserving Terp for our Maryland Awards.


Awards and Recognition Archive

View the archive of past Alumni Association award recipients.


Photo Gallery

See images of past awards events and recipients.