The Southwest Tech Foundation will establish an awards program in conjunction with the spring graduation ceremony. The purpose of the awards program is to recognize alumni and retirees with strong ties to Southwest Tech. Nominations will be due on January 31st and the selection will take place in the beginning of February.

Criteria for the award are as follows:

  1. Have demonstrated the value of their Southwest Tech certificate and/or degree through career advancement
  2. Participate in community service activities
  3. Seek and fulfill continued personal and education growth
  4. Support Southwest Tech and/or the technical college system

Nomination form

Use the nomination form to make your nomination.

We will plan to award at least one Distinguished Alum per division and ask them to speak at Graduation. The nominations for the alumni that were not selected will remain on file for the committee to review the following year, however each nominee will be contacted to seek any additional information. A nominee cannot be considered more than five consecutive years.

Nominations will also be sought for the Southwest Tech Retiree Award. The Retiree Award will recognize retired faculty and staff that have made significant contributions to the College through exemplary service in any capacity, whether in a teaching, administrative or support staff role. Nominations for this honor may come from alumni, faculty, staff or fellow retirees and must include a statement on how the retiree exemplified the values of the college in their time on campus and how the retiree currently supports Southwest Tech. The committee will select no more than two retirees annually to receive the award. The nominations for the retirees that were not selected will remain on file for the committee to review the following year, however each nominee will be contacted to seek any additional information. A nominee cannot be considered more than five consecutive years.

The selection committee for both awards will be comprised of faculty, staff, alumni and retirees. The Distinguished Alumni and Retiree Award will be given at the Donor Appreciation Recognition Ceremony held the Friday evening before spring Graduation hosted by the Southwest Tech Foundation.