Board of Governors Excellence Award Nomination Form

The Alumni Association aims to recognize the accomplishments of alumni organizations and initiatives through the Board of Governors Excellence Awards. These awards complement those for individual volunteers, such as the Yale Medal and the AYA Leadership Awards.

General Judging Criteria

  • Enhances the reputation of Yale while also supporting the mission of Yale, the Alumni Association and the organization, or school.
  • Meets goals and objectives of organization’s strategic plan (if one exists).
  • Evidence of sound planning, implementation, creativity, innovation and effective communications.
  • Consultative and broad-based engagement of organization’s leaders (not a one-person show…).
  • Is a role model for other Yale alumni organizations.
  • Meets the needs and expectations of target audiences.
  • Complements Yale’s institutional goals and initiatives.

Rules and Guidelines

  • Nominations for awards can be made by any Yale alumni, including the leaders of the relevant alumni group, or any other alumni who are familiar with its activities. If you would like to nominate a group and are not also the president or chair of the given organization, please gain the president’s assent before submitting the nomination.
  • Applications must be submitted in a timely fashion in accordance with accepted deadlines.
  • The award selection committee prioritizes applications where a significant part of the nominated activities take place between July and June.
  • The award selection committee will only consider one nomination per alumni group per category or event.
  • Awards need not be given every year.
  • No organization can win the same award more than two years in a row, and must retire from that category for at least one year before submitting again.
  • Winning organizations must have representative(s) at the YAA Assembly to receive the award.

SPECIAL NOTE: There are only two Award Categories for which you may provide supplementary material (up to 4 images or pages) beyond the online nomination form text, if there is a visual element that is central to the nomination-- "Best Marketing, Branding and Communications Effort" and "Most Creative Use of Technology and Social Networking Media."


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Nomination Details

For the winning organizations, we would like to share nomination materials with other alumni leaders as “best practices.”  Do we have permission to share your materials in this way?
There are only two Award Categories for which you may provide supplementary material (up to 4 images or pages) beyond the online nomination form text, if there is a visual element that is central to the nomination: "Best Marketing, Branding and Communications Effort" and "Most Creative Use of Technology and Social Networking Media."
Maximum 4 files.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: gif jpg png bmp eps tif pict psd txt rtf html odf pdf doc docx ppt pptx xls xlsx xml avi mov mp3 ogg wav bz2 dmg gz jar rar sit svg tar zip.

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