Distinguished Awards

We are exceptionally proud of the achievements and outstanding service of our Castleton University community! Each year CU recognizes alumni and friends who have made significant contributions of their time, talent, or financial resources to help advance and bring positive recognition to Castleton University, their communities, and other alumni. These individuals are honored annually at the Castleton Gala.

To nominate a candidate for a Castleton University award, please review the eligibility criteria and complete the nomination form.

Outstanding Alumni Award

Established in 2005, the Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through their professional accomplishments and displayed exemplary service to the University, community, and/or humanitarian efforts. The highest honor bestowed upon a Castleton University graduate, the award is traditionally reserved for those alumni who have attained and maintained extremely high stations in their chosen fields of endeavor and in their service to society.

The Spartan Service Award of Excellence

The Spartan Service Award is given for outstanding service to the University. The award recognizes the achievements of individuals working on behalf of the University through service in alumni programs, on advisory committees, and through efforts made to ensure the welfare of the institution, in addition to significant contributions of time, service, and talents throughout the years. This individual exemplifies what it means to be a Spartan and inspires the world around them through service to the community.

Emerging Leader Award

Established in 2019, the Emerging Leader Award is given to alumni who graduated within the last ten years, regardless of age or degree, who are making an impact within their community or profession. The recipient has demonstrated exceptional success in their chosen field, outstanding character, creative leadership, professional achievement and/or devotion to Castleton.

Community Partner of the Year

The Community Partner of the Year award recognizes a community business or organization that has an on-going partnership with Castleton University which works to support and partner with the institution throughout the year, as well as provides student volunteers and service-learners meaningful community-based learning opportunities.

Castleton Annual Fund Class of the Year

This award recognizes the class that most embodied the spirit of philanthropy at Castleton throughout the last fiscal year through their dedicated outreach and support of the Castleton Annual Fund.