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Nomination guidelines


The Outstanding Alumni Awards recognise and celebrate the many achievements of USC graduates, both professionally and personally for outstanding contributions to their profession, community and the advancement of society.

Nominations are currently closed and generally open each year between April and June.


  • To be eligible, nominees must be a graduate of USC.
  • Achievements attained before graduating from USC will be taken in to consideration, but there must be achievements demonstrated in the years after graduation.
  • Graduates do not have to be working in the particular discipline from which they graduated.
  • Former nominations that were unsuccessful may be resubmitted by including any updated information since the previous nomination.
  • Nominations can be made by any member of the community including: USC alumni, staff, students, family, friends and business associates.
  • Self–nominations are accepted if a letter of endorsement is included from another person stating why they believe the nominee is eligible.

 Award categories

  • Outstanding Alumnus of the Year
  • Alumnus of the Year, Regional Achievement
  • Alumnus of the Year, Rising Star

Nominators do not need to nominate for a specific award category, as the judging panel will determine which categories the nominees are most suited for.

At the discretion of the judging panel, up to two Rising Star recipients may be awarded in a given year.

Not all categories must be awarded in any given year and will depend on the calibre of nominations.

Selection criteria

Please address the relevant selection criteria below with specific examples:

 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

  • Demonstrated excellence in their field (professional, academic, research or community)
  • Demonstrated leadership and innovation
  • Evidence of contribution to and recognition by their profession or community at a local, national or international level.

Alumnus of the Year, Regional Achievement

  • Evidence of contribution to the broader Sunshine Coast region, which may include:
    • Demonstrated success in their field (professional, academic, research or community)
    • Leadership in their field or community
    • Supporting the development of the regional community and/or economy.

Alumnus of the Year, Rising Star

  • At the time of nomination:
    • is aged 35 years or less, or
    • first graduated from USC in the last 5 years or less
  • Demonstrated success in their field (professional, academic, research or community)
  • Evidence of career and/or personal development activities
  • Future goals and their potential impact.

Other considerations

To assist with assessing and comparing nominations, the judging panel may also take into account:

  • Degree of difficulty of the achievement and sacrifices made
  • Volunteer work
  • Achievements as an individual or as part of a group or organisation
  • Nature and length of activity or service
  • Contribution and/or service to USC

Nomination process

To give a nominee the best support, please provide the following documentation:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • A current CV and other relevant supporting documentation (up to a maximum of 5), such as media coverage and information on previous awards and recognition.
  • A statement of support (500-1000 words) with clear examples of how the nominee meets the selection criteria and how they have gone beyond what could be reasonably expected of someone in that position.

Submit all information to the Development Office by the due date as outlined on the nomination form.

Nominees and nominators will be contacted by the Development Office to advise receipt of the nomination and to confirm their availability to attend the presentation ceremony. If the nominator wishes to remain anonymous, please advise.

A nominee may be asked to clarify or submit further information as required.

Selection process

  • The Alumni Awards Committee and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (or representative) review the nominations. Recipients are then agreed upon and submitted to the Vice-Chancellor and President (or representative) for final consideration and approval.
  • If a nominator is on the judging panel, their interest should be declared.
  • If a nominee is on the judging panel, they are not able to vote for their own nomination.

Awards presentation

  • Recipients will be announced at the Outstanding Alumni Awards, usually held in September each year at USC Sippy Downs, which includes an update on the University by a member of the Executive. All alumni and guests are welcome to attend this social and inspirational evening, as well as donors, supporters, students, staff and general members of the community.

For any enquiries contact Anita Edmonds, Alumni Relations Officer, via or Tel: +61 7 5459 4564.


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