The Washington State University Alumni Association Board of Directors has established awards in several categories to honor alumni and friends of WSU who personify the University’s tradition of excellence, thereby bringing distinction to themselves and to our alma mater through their exceptional achievements, contributions to society, and extraordinary service to WSU.
Recognizing outstanding alumni is one way the Association shows its commitment to making WSU stronger. These honorees represent just a few of the thousands of alumni who contribute in countless ways to their fellow alumni, to the Alumni Association, to the University, to their communities, to their professions and areas of interest, and to humankind.
Alumni Achievement Award
Honorary Alumnus Award
Adopted Cougar Award
Volunteer Service Awards
Previous Alumni Achievement Award Winners
Download Alumni Achievement Award Nomination Form
Submit Alumni Achievement Award Form Online
Bestowed the highest honor by the Alumni Association Board of Directors, this award was created in 1970, "To recognize and honor alumni who have given outstanding service, ...and provide encouragement to alumni for perpetual service to Washington State University." The individual "shall have rendered significant service to Washington State University and/or outstanding contributions to community and/or profession and/or nation". Out of an estimated 250,000 total graduates from WSU, less than 525 have received this prestigious award.
Photo left to right: Alumni Association Executive Director Tim Pavish, Alumni Achievement Award winner Tom Pounds, and WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos.
Previous Honorary Alumnus Award Winners
Download Adopted Cougar Award Form
Download Honorary Alumnus/a Award Nomination Form
Submit Honorary Alumnus/a Award Form Online
This award was established as the highest honor for non-alumni in 1966 by the Alumni Association Board of Directors to honor friends of Washington State University who have given special service to the University in some manner.
Any person who exhibits genuine loyalty and affection for Washington State University and fully knows and understands that special allegiance known as "Cougar Spirit"; may be sponsored by any alumni or friends for adoption by the Alumni Association.
Adopting a Cougar is easy and affordable. An Adopted Cougar will receive a one-year membership in the WSU Alumni Association, a special Adopted Cougar recognition certificate (signed by you and the WSU Alumni Association president), a lapel pin, and all the great benefits and services enjoyed by Alumni Association members. It also makes a great gift and an excellent way to reward loyal supporters of WSU who did not attend WSU. To download an application and make someone who loves WSU an Adopted Cougar call the Alumni Association at 1-800-258- 6978 or click on the links below.
Photo: Gayle and Bob Ransom receive the Adopted Cougar Award from John Johnson, Senior Associate Athletic Director, and Larry Arcia, past president of the WSUAA.
Download Volunteer Service Awards Nomination Form
Submit Volunteer Service Award Form Online
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor the association bestows on its volunteers and members. Presented to an individual or group who has made a significant impact or contribution over an extended period of time to the Alumni Association and the University, the award recognizes outstanding service or devotion to the Alumni Association and to the University. Volunteer service represents a commitment to the betterment of the Alumni Association and WSU. Volunteer service represents an uncommon gift of self, time and energy. Individual demonstrates a consistent pattern of volunteerism having great impact on the Alumni Association.
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AWARD
The Outstanding Volunteer Award is given for exceptional volunteer service to the Alumni Association and the University related to some specific achievement (which may occur over more than one fiscal year). Bestowed for a specific effort, it can be won more than once for demonstrated initiative, thoroughness and enthusiasm.
YOUNG ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD
Presented to an alumnus/ae who attended WSU within 10 years of the award being approved. This individual must have demonstrated continued interest in and loyalty to the University and have excelled in service and contributions to the Alumni Association, and/or WSU, and/or community and/or profession, and/or nation.
STAFF SERVICE AWARD
Presented to a WSU staff member, classified and/or administrative professional whose outstanding contributions to the Alumni Association and WSU have significantly enhanced the well-being and reputation of WSU within the community at large.
FACULTY SERVICE AWARD
The Faculty Achievement Award recognizes faculty for superior service to the Alumni Association and the University, bringing honor or distinction to the University.
OUTSTANDING STUDENT VOLUNTEER AWARD
The Outstanding Student Volunteer Award is given to students who have contributed valuable service to the University and the Alumni Association.