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Afro-American Alumni Association Awards

Paul Gaines

Paul Gaines Sr. Achievement Award

The Award is given to a current faculty, administrator, library or staff member that has been employed at least one year at BSU and has worked on behalf of students of color.

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2020 Award Recipient: David K. Wilson, ’71

Past Recipients

2017    Reverend Chang-Hee Son

black and white headshot photo of Sarah Lewis

Sarah A. Lewis Distinguished Award

This award is granted annually to an alumnus/a who has distinguished themselves professionally and through service to BSU.

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2020 Award Recipient: Ann M. Ulett, ’92

Past Recipients

2017    Barbara Jackson, '80, G'89
2018    Nigel Smith, '01

Alfred Gomes

Alfred Gomes Community Service Award

Given to a member of the Afro-American Alumni who exemplifies the ideal of "men and women for and with others," this award recognizes genuine dedication to the ideals of social justice, authentic relationships with the greater community and empowering peers to serve and/or increase awareness of injustice.

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2020 Award Recipient: Carla B. Monteiro, ’17

Past Recipients

2017    Benvinda (Cardosa) Butler '08

Henry Hampton

Henry Hampton Bridge Builder Award

This award is given to a student and/or student group of color on the Bridgewater State University campus who has taken the initiative to address campus unity.

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2020 Award Recipient: Dajuan Frasier, ’20

Past Recipients

2017 Men Integrated In Brotherhood

 

Award Selection Process and Criteria Details

Please carefully review the award eligibility and criteria before making your recommendation.  A candidate may be nominated for more than one award category.  The Afro-American Alumni Executive Board and Awards Committee reserve the right to grant an award for which the candidate has not been specifically nominated.  All nominations and deliberations are kept confidential.

Timeline:

  • Nominee Submission: July 1st – September 30th (deadline)
  • Selection/Approval: November 30th
  • Notification to Recipient: December 15th

The Selection Process

The Afro-American Alumni Association solicits nominations for the awards from all members of the Afro-American Alumni community, Bridgewater State University faculty, and administration.  The Awards committee reviews the materials submitted on each candidate and selects those candidates who are deemed most deserving of recognition and whose achievements most closely fit the category for which they have been nominated. The committee often invites consulting members to assist in its deliberations. All deliberations are kept confidential.

Submitting Your Nomination

Nominations are accepted year round. Read the awards criteria and eligibility requirements before making your recommendations.  A candidate may be nominated for more than one award category, and the selection committee reserves the right to grant an award for which the candidate has not been nominated. When submitting a nomination, follow these guidelines:

  • Check the list of awards winners to make sure your candidate has not already won an award in the category you are nominating him or her for.
  • Review the questions to be answered for each award category and suggestions about supporting letters below and here.
  • Fill out and submit the official nomination form online.
  • If you know other alumni who would like to support your nominee, they can further strengthen your nomination by making their own.
  • Keep all nominations confidential.

Eligibility

To be eligible for nomination, candidates must meet the following requirements of the Award criteria:

  • Must have matriculated at the University and earned credit toward one of its degrees.
  • Cannot currently be an employee of the University except for the Achievement Award, a voting member of the Board of Trustees, or a current member of the Bridgewater University Foundation.
  • Must be living and physically able to participate in person at the award celebrations (no posthumous nominations).
  • Cannot have previously received an award in the category for which the nomination is submitted. However, previous award winners may be nominated for a different category. It is recommended to allow more than five years to pass before nominating a candidate again for another category.

Nomination and Supporting Letters

Though not required, the selection committee encourages you to submit additional supporting materials to help illustrate the scope of your candidate’s achievements.  A strong nomination includes multiple letters (two or more are recommended) and documents of support, including press and biographical information on the nominee. Examples include a photo, résumés, CVs, book reviews, news articles, etc.

The quality of the information given is more important than the relative prominence of the writer. Possible contacts include professional colleagues, former students, friends, or fellow volunteers. Letters that comment knowledgeably on the impact of the individual's specific achievements are the most important and helpful. Please share the criteria for the award and the suggested list of questions found in the nomination form with those who are writing letters in support of your candidate.

 

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