Nominate alumni for awards

At La Trobe University we take great pride in recognising the exceptional achievements of our alumni. It is inspiring to see so many La Trobe graduates making lasting contributions on a local, national and global level.

Each year we present a select number of Distinguished Alumni and Young Achiever awards to those who have demonstrated significant personal, community and professional achievements.

2019 recipients

The 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients include two-time Walkley Award winner and host of ABC Melbourne Mornings, Virginia Trioli; Australian Rural Women’s Movement pioneer, Alana Johnson; renowned Australian genetic epidemiologist Professor John Hopper AM; food rescue and food waste reduction advocate, Simone Carson AM; and Young Achiever Award winners AFLW player Daisy Pearce and surgical resident Dr Batool Albatat.

How to nominate

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

Nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards will open in early 2020. Late nominations 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 pages will not be considered.
  • Resumes longer than six pages will not be considered.

Download nomination form [DOCX 157KB] or Download nomination form [PDF 214KB]

To nominate, please download and complete the nomination pack. Then email or post the completed nomination form and associated documentation to us.

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognises 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.

Download nomination form [DOCX 157KB] or Download nomination form [PDF 214KB]

To nominate, please download and complete the nomination pack. Then email or post the completed nomination form and associated documentation to us.

Young Achiever Award

The Young Achiever Award recognises outstanding alumni aged 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.

Download nomination form [DOCX 157KB] or Download nomination form [PDF 214KB]

To nominate, please download and complete the nomination pack. Then email or post the completed nomination form and associated documentation to us.

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.

Nominations are open to all alumni, no matter where in the world they are based.

If you have any questions regarding the process or the awards themselves, please contact us

Alumni Relations

Alumni and Advancement Office

Bundoora