• Shining Knights Alumni Awards

What are the Shining Knights Alumni Awards?

The Shining Knights Alumni Awards honor our university’s most ardent supporters. We present up to six distinct awards annually during UCF Homecoming Week at an intimate reception and awards program.

 

View the 2020 honorees on our Exposure gallery

 

The six awards are:

  • UCF Distinguished Alumni Award
  • John C. and Martha Hitt Honorary Alumni Award
  • Young Alumni Award
  • Distinguished Student Award
  • Champion's Award
  • Michelle Akers Award

Distinguished Alumni Award recipients have demonstrated professional achievement, outstanding service and philanthropy, a lifelong devotion and loyalty to the university and have maintained the UCF creed of integrity, scholarship, community, creativity and excellence. This award is the highest honor UCF Alumni bestows on a graduate of the university.


One alumnus and one alumna are recognized annually.

John C. and Martha Hitt Honorary Alumni Award recipients have demonstrated outstanding service and philanthropy, a lifelong devotion and loyalty to the university and have maintained the UCF creed of integrity, scholarship, community, creativity and excellence. This award is the highest honor UCF Alumni bestows on a friend and supporter of the university.

 

This award can be presented to as many as five honorees annually.

Young Alumni Award recipients have demonstrated a lifelong devotion and loyalty to UCF, a commitment to service and philanthropy and have maintained the UCF creed of integrity, scholarship, community, creativity and excellence. This award is the highest honor granted to a graduate from the most recent class of 30 Under 30 Alumni Awards recipients.

 

Nominees for the Young Alumni Award are selected from the year’s 30 Under 30 honorees. Nominations for this award are now closed.

Distinguished Student Award recipient is a student who is dedicated to maintaining a lifelong relationship with UCF, demonstrates outstanding academic achievement, inspires leadership within their co-curricular activities and positively impacts the UCF community.

 

 

This award is presented to a student who meets the following criteria:

  1. Must have a minimum of 90 credit hours at the conclusion of the spring 2020 semester
  2. Minimum overall GPA 3.25
  3. Must have a nomination submitted on their behalf. No self-nominations accepted

Champion's Award

Given to a corporation that is playing an integral role in supporting the university’s growth and transformation and has consistently advocated and championed the cause of UCF and or UCF Alumni.


This award was previously awarded to both individuals and corporations but will only be awarded to a business in 2021 and beyond.

Michelle Akers Award 

Given to a UCF alumnus or alumna who has brought international acclaim to UCF through his or her accomplishments.

 

This award may be awarded annually as deemed appropriate.  Nominations for the Michelle Akers Award will be considered by members of the UCF Alumni Board's Engagement Committee and selected at their discretion.”

FAQ

Who is eligible to be recognized at the Shining Knights Alumni Awards?


• To be eligible, the nominee must demonstrate the qualities and characteristics of each distinct award. He or she will be nominated by members of the UCF community including: UCF staff and university leadership. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

•  Please see the specific eligibility requirements for each award.

 

Who is eligible to nominate a Shining Knight Award Recipient?
University leadership and the UCF Advancement team

 

Who will choose the winners?
The UCF Alumni Board and UCF Advancement staff will review applications and select the honorees.

When are nominations due?
Nomination applications are due by March 12, 2021.

 

When will award winners be selected?
Winners be selected and all nominees notified by July 2, 2021.

 

How will award winners be recognized?
Shining Knights Alumni Award honorees will be recognized at an intimate reception and awards program including university leadership, past award recipients, dignitaries, community leaders and their family and friends.

 

Where do I send a nomination or ask questions?
For more information or to submit a nomination, please contact Laura Heiselman via e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 407.823.1498.