UCSC Alumni Association awards and programs recognize and celebrate the notable members of the UCSC community. For more information about awards and programs, please contact Shayna Kent

Alumni Achievement Award

In 1984, the UCSC Alumni Association began honoring alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their field. Recipients are alumni of UC Santa Cruz who have rendered special and outstanding services to UCSC, or who by personal achievement have brought distinction to the university. Click here to submit an Alumni Achievement Award nomination.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Presented by the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Office, this award is presented to honor UC Santa Cruz alumni whose personal or professional accomplishments leave a distinct mark on the lives of those around them, and who uphold the values of UC Santa Cruz.

Alumni Association Scholarship

Every year, the Alumni Council works with Financial Aid to distribute the Alumni Association Scholarship. These scholarships are distributed at the beginning of fall quarter, and follow the students throughout their time at UC Santa Cruz. Scholarship recipients are recognized at an Alumni Council meeting, and are invited to a variety of alumni events throughout the year.

Student Service Awards

UC Santa Cruz Alumni recognizes student leaders across campus in the form of the College Service Award, Leadership Service Award, and Graduate Service Award. Service award recipients are nominated by select staff across campus. Awardees are leaders in their communities who support and exemplify what it means to be a Banana Slug.

Outstanding Staff Award

Established by the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Association in 1995, the Outstanding Staff Award is presented to a staff member to recognize sustained, distinguished service by staff to student life, the growth and improvement of UCSC's programs, and the preservation of UCSC's unique intellectual and physical environment. In collaboration with the UCSC Staff Advisory Board, the Alumni Association honors the very best among our dedicated UCSC staff. Thank you to everyone who nominated a colleague this year. The Outstanding Staff Award winner and four honorable mentions have been selected for 2021.

Distinguished Visiting Professor

In 1982, the Alumni Association endowed the UCSC Alumni Association Distinguished Visiting Professorship. The endowed chair was funded by the Alumni Association, individual alumni, and a matching grant from the chancellor. The purpose of the professorship is to enrich undergraduate education at UCSC.