La Trobe Alumni Awards

La Trobe University takes great pride in recognising the achievements of our global alumni community. Each year we present up to seven Distinguished Alumni Awards and seven Young Achiever Awards to those who have demonstrated significant personal, community and professional achievement. These awards also honour inspirational leadership and exceptional human qualities.

How to nominate

To nominate someone for either a Distinguished Alumni Award or a Young Achiever Award, please complete the online nomination form or download and complete the nomination pack.

Nominations are accepted all year round. The closing date for the 2017 awards is 12 May 2017. Late nominations for 2017 will not be accepted, but may be held over until the following year.

Please note:

  • Nominators must act as one of the two referees for the nominee.
  • Nominators do not need to be graduates of La Trobe University.
  • All four selection criteria must be addressed in detail for a nomination to be considered.
  • Written submissions longer than two (2) pages will not be considered.
  • Resumes longer than six (6) pages will not be considered.

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The two categories of Alumni Awards presented are:

Distinguished Alumni Award

Awarded to eminent La Trobe University alumni who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in their personal and professional life, or for service to their community, state or nation.

Eligibility and selection criteria

Nominees must be an alumnus or alumna of La Trobe University (or an antecedent institution) who have, over an extensive and sustained period of time, demonstrated professional or personal success in ALL FOUR of the following areas:

Outstanding professional achievements

a. Recognised as a leader/expert in their field.
b. Significant achievement(s) throughout their career.
c. Evidence of ethical and/or innovative sustainable approaches used.

Significant community service achievements

a. Support of, and significant involvement in, the local community in a voluntary capacity.
b. Dedication of significant personal/professional time for charitable/community support activities.

Inspirational leadership within their fields of expertise

a. Mentoring employees/younger people inside or outside their organisation.
b. Advocacy of access and diversity within their organisations and across their field.
c. Encouraging corporate philanthropy and community support.
d. Providing leadership within and across their respective industries.

Outstanding personal qualities

a. Engaging in, or enabling personal philanthropy.
b. Providing inspiration and leadership to others through personal examples and role modelling.
c. Success in the face of adversity.

Please note self nominations are not accepted.

Past alumni award recipients include:

Sandra Nicholson

  • Bachelor of Arts (Art History) 1982
  • Former Assistant Commissioner, Western Region, Victoria Police

Clare Pullar MACE

  • Bachelor of Arts (History) 1972, Diploma Education 1973
  • Adjunct Professor in Practice in Philanthropy, University of Queensland
  • Senior Consultant, Marts & Lundy

Radek Sali

  • Bachelor of Arts (Cinema Studies) 1997
  • CEO, Swisse
  • Executive Chairman of Light Warrior Group

Emeritus Professor Jennifer Seberry

  • PhD Computational Mathematics 1971
  • Former Head, Department of Computer Science, University of Woolongong

Geoff Walsh AO

  • Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) 1974
  • Former political adviser and diplomat
  • Board member, Obesity Australia

Ian Carson

  • Post Graduate Diploma of Accounting 1984
  • Co-Founder and Chairman of SecondBite
  • Founding Partner, PPB Advisory

Catherine Arlove

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy 1993
  • Bachelor of Laws (current)
  • Director of Sub Acute services, Heathecare

Moustafa Fahour OAM

  • Bachelor of Business 2001
  • Executive General Manager, Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG)
  • Founder & Director, Islamic Museum of Australia

Jennifer Williams

  • Bachelor of Economics 1970
  • Chief Executive, Austin Health
  • Chief Executive, Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Andrew Cameron OAM

  • Bachelor of Nursing 1991
  • Director of Nursing
  • Manager of safe-burials, Red Cross Ebola Treatment Centre - Kenema

For information on previous years please contact the Alumni and Advancement Office at alumni@latrobe.edu.au.

Young Achiever Award

Presented to alumni 35 years or younger. It is awarded to those who have achieved significant career success within a relatively short period of time.

Eligibility and selection criteria

Nominees must be an alumnus or alumna of La Trobe University (or an antecedent institution) who have demonstrated professional or personal success in ALL FOUR of the following areas:

Outstanding professional achievements

a. Recognised as a leader/expert in their field.
b. Significant achievement(s) throughout their career.
c. Evidence of ethical and/or innovative sustainable approaches used.

Significant community service achievements

a. Support of, and significant involvement in, the local community in a voluntary capacity.
b. Dedication of significant personal/professional time for charitable/community support activities.

Inspirational leadership within their fields of expertise

a. Mentoring employees/younger people inside or outside their organisation.
b. Advocacy of access and diversity within their organisations and across their field.
c. Encouraging corporate philanthropy and community support.
d. Providing leadership within and across their respective industries.

Outstanding personal qualities

a. Engaging in, or enabling personal philanthropy.
b. Providing inspiration and leadership to others through personal examples and role modelling.
c. Success in the face of adversity.

Please note self nominations are not accepted.

Past Young Achiever award recipients include:

Dr Simon McIlroy

  • PhD (Applied Science) (Pharmacy) 2011
  • Assistant Professor at the Center for Microbial Communities, Aalborg University, Denmark

Stephanie Woollard

  • Bachelor of International Development 2011
  • Founder, Seven Women

Catherine Eglezos

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts 2012
  • Lawyer, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF)
  • Co-Chair and an Executive Committee member, International Law Section - Law Institute of Victoria

For information on previous years please contact the Alumni and Advancement Office at alumni@latrobe.edu.au.

Selection Process

La Trobe University has established a Selection Committee which will consider all nominations received by the advertised closing date. Please note that under no circumstances will late applications be accepted.

The Selection Committee is Chaired by either the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) or the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), who is assisted by a number of senior La Trobe staff.

The Selection Committee will rank all nominations against the above nomination criteria and make a recommendation to the La Trobe University Council for endorsement.

Once approved by Council, the successful candidates and their nominators will be informed.

Confidentiality

The information submitted will be used by La Trobe University in connection with the administration of the award only. All information will remain confidential.

More Information

Please note nominations are open to all alumni, no matter where in the world they are based.

For more information about the awards or the nomination process please contact the Alumni and Advancement Office at alumni@latrobe.edu.au or phone +61 (0)3 9479 2011 or 1300 737 133.