Badger of the Year Award

What: The Badger of the Year award recognizes local alumni who have represented the University positively through generous service to their community.

Who: Local alumni boards will be responsible for nominating and selecting local alumni for the Badger of the Year award.


Selection of the Badger of the Year is made by either local alumni boards and/or WAA. Nominees meet the below criteria. Chapters collect names of local alumni, or lists of “VIP” alumni provided by WAA/UWF, and from nominations submitted by alumni. The board should then meet to evaluate names and make a selection.


  • Must be a graduate from UW-Madison and live in a chapter area
  • Chapters should select only one Badger of the Year recipient each year, but can honor a married couple if both are UW-Madison graduates.
  • Alumni have distinguished themselves as someone who generously serves his/her community and embody the Wisconsin Idea.

Note: this award is for service to community, not the chapter.


Nominees are recognized at an event with fellow local alumni — i.e. Founders’ Day events—as well as, allowing for friends and classmates of the winner to know of the honor.

Note: If a potential recipient cannot attend Founder’s Day then the award can be delayed until the following year and a new recipient should be selected for that year.


Founders’ Day Season (February-May)

Important Dates

  • 3 months before the event – Chapter begin gathering names and nominate an award recipient
  • 8 weeks before the event – Name of recipient due to WAA via event request form
  • WAA will order the award and ship to the Founders’ Day chair
  • The name of the Badger of the Year is on the invites for Founders’ Day