Forward under 40 Nominations

Nominations for Forward Under 40 are closed. Please check back in 2019.

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, 2019
  • Willing to have a photo taken and published in promotional materials, both in print and online
  • Must opt in to the nomination process by providing additional information and a personal essay


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