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 50 individuals and groups have received the Distinguished Service Award.

2024. Louise Little, ’81, Starting as a temporary cashier in 1980 and recently retiring as CEO at University Book Store, Louise Little has shepherded the 124-year-old landmark through major changes, the advent of the internet and online retail, the expansion of products and apparel, the ups and downs on the Ave and a closure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read an appreciation from UW Magazine.

Past DSA recipients

Selection criteria

How to nominate

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