Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni Rising Star Nominations

Background Information

History of the Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 1959 to honor outstanding alumni and celebrate their achievements.  The first Texas State Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, who later served as thirty-sixth President of the United States of America.  To this day, Lyndon B. Johnson’s legacy inspires excellence at Texas State University as it maintains the unique distinction of being the only university in Texas to have graduated a U.S. President.

History of the Young Alumni Rising Star Award

The Young Alumni Rising Star Award was established in 2015 to honor outstanding young alumni (under the age of 40) and celebrate their achievements.  The inaugural three recipients of the award were honored at the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Gala.

Purpose and Philosophy of the Alumni Awards

The purpose of the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Young Alumni Rising Star Award is to recognize the University’s alumni who have achieved prominence and made a significant impact on the lives of others through their profession, accomplishments, affiliations, and service to society and the University.  The award honors its recipients and demonstrates the remarkable opportunities available at Texas State.  The achievements of our Alumni recipients will inspire pride in our alumni, students, staff, and faculty and recognize the important impact of their experience as a student at Texas State University.

Presentation of Awards

Recipients will be notified by the Alumni Association Director and the Alumni Association President and asked to accept the award and be present at the annual Distinguished Alumni Gala during Homecoming.  Honorees are also expected to be present for various activities planned for them during Homecoming week.

Criteria and Guidelines

Criteria for Eligibility
  • The nominee must be a graduate of Texas State University.
  • Alumni employed by Texas State University, current members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and candidates for public office are ineligible. 
  • The awards are not presented in absentia (exceptions for extenuating circumstances)
  • Nominations may be made by any individual or group, except for self-nominations.
  • Nominations of individuals not selected will be held and considered “active” for two (2) consecutive years (the first year of nomination and one subsequent year). 
  • Nominators are encouraged to update nomination packets prior to the nomination deadline, each year the nomination is considered active. 
  • Individuals may be re-nominated at any time.
  • Award may be withdrawn by the selection committee for any cause which reflects poorly upon the University or the Alumni Association
  • Individuals for the Young Alumni Award must be under 40 on January 1 of the award year.
Criteria for Selection
  • Professional prominence with noteworthy accomplishments
  • Career advancement, responsibility and leadership
  • Level of significant impact within specific industry at the local, regional, national and/or international level
  • Demonstrated service and recognitions with Texas State University
  • Demonstrated service with local, state, national and/or international community
Nomination Guidelines and Requirements

The nomination packet MUST include the following items:

  1. Nomination form
  2. Cover letter summarizing nominee’s eligibility
  3. Current resume, biographical information or curriculum vitae for the nominee (not to exceed five pages).
  4. A minimum of one (1), but no more than three (3), letters of support from non-family members specifically addressing the selection criteria. Letters of support may be submitted by anyone with the exception of the nominee’s family and Alumni Relations staff.  Alumni Association Board Members may write a letter of support but must recuse himself/herself from any type of input or action that may occur with the selection process.
  5. The nomination packet must be received in its entirety by the deadline.
Method of Submission

Please complete the nomination form below and submit the required documents in one of the following ways:

  • Electronic upload via the nomination form below
  • Email to
  • Mail or hand-deliver to:

    Office of Alumni Relations
    Texas State University
    601 University Dr.
    LBJ Student Center, 3-20.5
    San Marcos, TX 78666

Full nomination packets for 2021 award nominees must be received by February 12, 2021.

Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni Rising Star Nominations

  • Nominator Information

  • Nominee Information

  • (please select one)
  • Required Questions

    Please briefly summarize how the nominee meets the following criteria. Responses should be limited to one short paragraph or 5-7 sentences per section.
  • What is the nominee’s occupation and what exceptional professional achievements and noteworthy accomplishments has he/she achieved?
  • How has the nominee exhibited through career advancement, responsibility and leadership the unique qualities needed to be recognized for this award?
  • What has been the significant impact of the nominee on a local, regional, national and/or international level within a specific industry?
  • How has the nominee demonstrated service to and recognition by Texas State University?
  • How has the nominee demonstrated service within local, regional, national and international communities?
  • Submit Files

    If you would like to submit the required nomination packet materials via electronic upload, you may do so here. Otherwise, please either email, mail, or hand-deliver them to our office.
  • Cover letter should summarize the nominee’s achievement and service related to the award criteria
  • Please provide the nominee's current resume, biographical information, or CV. Document should not exceed 5 pages.
  • Drop files here or
    Please provide a minimum of one but no more than three letters of support from non-family members specifically addressing the selection criteria.