About the UWAA


Presented to UWAA members and volunteers who have had a significant impact on the UWAA, the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) recognizes outstanding service or devotion to the Alumni Association, the University of Washington and the alumni community.

Since its inception in 1970, more than 40 individuals and groups have received the Distinguished Service Award.

DSA Gary Oertli2019. Gary Oertli, ’70, ’72, ’85, president emeritus, South Seattle College; former president, UWAA – During Oertli’s 10 years as president of South Seattle College, he played a key role in dramatically expanding the 13th Year Promise Scholarship, which provided one year of tuition-free college and support services to Seattle public school students. The program was so successful that it became part of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s platform and now is available to graduates of all of Seattle’s public high schools, providing a new path to success.

Past DSA recipients

Selection criteria

How to nominate