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Penn Nursing Alumni Awards

Each year, the Alumni Board Awards Committee strives to recognize outstanding alumni who demonstrate the power of Penn Nursing through their varied contributions to the profession and to the healthcare of citizens of our nation and around the world.

About Our Awards:

The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes a Penn Nursing graduate, who is a leader with an outstanding career that has advanced the profession of nursing.

The Lillian Sholtis Brunner Alumni Award for Innovation recognizes a Penn graduate for innovation in interprofessional, collaborative practice impacting the nursing profession and/or the health care delivery system.

The Alumni Award for Clinical Excellence recognizes a Penn Nursing graduate who demonstrates in their professional practice clinical expertise and a passion for the practice or nursing.

The Alumni Spirit Award recognizes a Penn Nursing graduate for outstanding contributions to the achievement of Penn Nursing Alumni goals. These contributions may include fostering loyalty to the school and the university, as well as and advancing social and professional bonds among alumni.

The Alumni Spirit Award for Graduating Students recognizes outstanding contributions to the achievement of Penn Nursing Alumni goals. These contributions may include fostering loyalty to the school and the university and advancing social and professional bonds among classmates and alumni during their student experience.

The Early Career Alumni Award for Excellence recognizes a graduate who has excelled early in their professional career and demonstrated outstanding leadership and a rapidly developing career trajectory nursing. The alumna/us has made significant contributions in nursing or related areas of healthcare within ten years or less of their graduation from the School of Nursing. The nominee should have attained a high level of professional accomplishments and/or has advanced the profession through research, policy and/or practice. Contributions made by the nominee should have the capacity for broad influence beyond the scope of that person’s place of employment. Early career is defined as 10 years from one’s first Penn Nursing degree or RN license, whichever came first.

The Penn Nursing Honorary Alumni Award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the achievement of Penn Nursing Alumni and School of Nursing goals through their personal support of the school and by inspiring loyalty among others. Recipients may be an individual or group.


  • 2022 Award Nomination Form is now open - access it HERE.
  • DEADLINE: Nominations are accepted until December 31st, 2021.
  • Finalists (and nominators) will be notified in March.
  • Awards are presented each May during Alumni Weekend

How to Nominate:

Anyone (coworker, spouse, parent, colleague, or friend) can submit a nomination.

To submit a nomination, please complete our online nomination form.

Before nominating someone, be sure to check if he/she already received the award. A complete list can be found here.

In order to provide a more comprehensive and representative nomination packet, additional supporting documents are encouraged in the following categories:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Articles (LIMIT 3): Newspaper, journal, magazine, or online publications that provide a sample of media coverage and/or supports the fulfillment of the criteria. Please note that submissions may not exceed 10 pages, and you may choose to submit abstracts in lieu of the entire publication.
  • Letter of Support (LIMIT 3, 2 pages each): A letter endorsing the nomination, highlighting key eligibility, from nominator or other supporters
  • Video: A recording of a proram or event illustration the nominee’s work
  • Artwork: Published, displayed, printed, video, slides or other multimedia format of art that supports the nomination

PLEASE NOTE: All supporting documents may not exceed 10 pages overall.

You will have an option to submit these supporting documents at the end of your survey


All Nursing alumni who are graduates of the HUP School of Nursing, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, or Nursing Majors from Penn’s Education School are eligible for these awards. Graduating Penn Nursing students (of any degree level) are eligible for the Student Spirit Award.


If you have any questions about eligibility or the nomination process, please contact Alumni Relations at