About the Yale-Jefferson Awards for Public Service

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    Alumni Nominees: You may nominate an individual alum of any Yale college or school. Nominations of teams or groups are not typically considered. Nominees should have performed (preferably still be performing) sustained public service that is individual, innovative, impactful, and inspiring. Recipients must be present to receive the award during Yale’s annual Fall Alumni Assembly.

    Student Nominees: Must be in good standing at Yale College or at one of Yale’s graduate or professional schools.

    Any member of the Yale community may submit nominations for the Yale-Jefferson Award. In past years, nominations have been submitted by:

    • Alumni leaders
    • Student leaders
    • Yale alumni from the US and abroad
    • Yale students
    • Yale faculty and other employees
    • Deans and Heads of College

    Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY) provides support to our Yale-Jefferson Selection Committee. Nominations may be submitted using our Nomination Form.

    You can submit nominations at any time. Nominations submitted during the 12 months ended each March 31 of each year will be considered for that year by the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee usually completes its work by early May. The honorees are announced in the fall.

    The Selection Committee is determined jointly by STAY and the Alumni Association. The committee has sole discretion in selecting award winners. The Selection Committee consists of approximately 15 members of the Yale community, including (for example):

    • Senior Yale administrators
    • Student leaders
    • Alumni leaders
    • At least one member from: STAY, the Alumni Association, Dwight Hall, the Office of Development, and the Office of Career Strategy
    • Certain past Selection Committee members
    • Past Yale-Jefferson Award honorees

    2018 Yale Jefferson Awards

    Driven to serve: Jefferson Awards recognize Yale’s unsung heroes

    This year, the awards are going to three Yalies whose own life challenges inspired them to make a difference: progressive activist Ady Barkan ’10 J.D.; Rayan Alsemeiry YC ’19, who is dedicated to social justice and helping first-generation students succeed; and Ashton Gores YSPH ’18, who founded a nonprofit to help New Haven’s homeless population.