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The deadline for nominations has passed.

Both self-nominations and nominations of others are welcome. On, Wisconsin!

Requirements of award winners

  • UW-degreed alumnus/alumna (bachelor’s, master’s, or professional)
  • Must be under 40 years of age prior to January 1, 2020
  • Willing to have a photo taken and published in promotional materials, both in print and online


Winners must exemplify the Wisconsin Idea. The selection committee will judge this based on the following criteria:

  • Achievements in their volunteer and/or professional life
  • Uniqueness and impact of achievements for someone of their age
  • Impact they’ve made in their area of focus (in their field or community)
  • Current ties to the UW
  • Demonstrated Badger spirit in terms of energy, initiative, creativity and drive in their accomplishments

If you have questions, please contact Andrea Berns. Thank you for your continued interest in this tradition of recognizing outstanding UW-Madison graduates.