UW Retirement Association

UW-UWRA Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award

Nominations for the 2019 award are due by February 1, 2019.

The University of Washington-UWRA Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award is designed to honor a UW retiree (faculty or staff), or a team of UW retirees, focused on a dedicated service for excellence in service that exemplifies the University’s values with special distinction.

This award celebrates quality of service (improvement, impact and outside recognition), with length of service a possible but not required contributing criterion. The UW retiree award pays tribute to UW retirees from throughout the UW community who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to community service following their retirement.

Service qualifying for consideration:

The award is based on contributions subsequent to retirement in service to the community, including the University, locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.  It is recommended that nominees be at least three years post-retirement to have established post-retirement distinguished community service.

While the retiree(s) may have continued in or returned to part-time employment at the UW, this award honors service verified as apart from work compensated by or through the UW. Accomplishments so compensated are excluded from consideration for this service award.

To nominate a deserving retiree, please submit a nomination letter to UWRA. Criteria to include in the letter are outlined below.

You can download a nomination form (in Word) HERE. For a printable version of the nomination criteria, click HERE.

Criteria/Characteristics to address in the nomination letter:

  1. Definition of a UW retiree: A UW retiree is a former employee (faculty or staff) of the University of Washington who worked the required number of years to be eligible for official UW retirement and subsequently officially retired from the University of Washington.
  2. Stature of service: Following retirement from the UW, the nominee has given distinguished service to the community in or beyond the University of Washington, locally, regionally, at the state, national or international level. Service that draws upon the career discipline of the nominee may be considered.
    • How many lives have been impacted by the nominee’s service?
    • How far has the impact of this service been felt (regional/state/national level)?
    • To what extent has this service had an impact or improved the community served?
  3. Prior Recognition:  Please provide information regarding prior recognition, including names and dates of honors.
    • What public recognition has been received by the nominee for this service at the local, regional, national or international level?
    • Has this service been acknowledged by colleagues and leaders?
  4. Connection to the University of Washington: Has the nominee’s service been related in any way to the UW, whether in an ambassador role based on prior career at the UW or through subsequent project connection?
  5. Receiving the award: Ideally award winner(s) or family member will be able to come to the University to receive the recognition at the awards ceremony in June of the current year.