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Student Alumni Award

  • The Inspiration for the Next Generation Award recognizes a graduating senior who reflects the ideals, mission and values of Gannon University. This includes, but is not limited to academic achievement, high moral character, leadership, service and commitment to Gannon University and its mission.

    Award Eligibility

    1. Any graduate from the current academic year (December '22 or May '23) completing an undergraduate degree is eligible to apply.
    2. Students may nominate themselves or be nominated by a Gannon peer, or faculty/staff member.
    3. All applicants must submit a completed application packet which includes:
      • A completed application form
      • A short essay (500 words or less) to describe:
        As a new alumnus, how would accomplish the following objectives?
        • Educate current students about the alumni community 
        • Connect current students with Gannon alumni 
        • Foster a sense of 'community' and 'belonging' amongst your fellow alumni
        • As a student how have you supported the University's mission? How will you continue to support the mission as an alumnus?
      • One (1) letter of recommendation (500 words or less) from a Gannon University faculty, staff, or administrator
      • A copy of your co-curricular transcript, which can be obtained from
      • An updated resume

    Directions for how to access your engage U (co-curricular) Transcript

    • Go to
    • Log into engageU
    • Click on your name in the upper right hand corner
    • Click on Involvement
    • Click on engage U Transcript

    Award Selection Criteria

    The ideal candidate should exemplify the following characteristics:

    • Exceptional academic achievement
    • High moral character
    • Leadership
    • Service and commitment to Gannon University and its mission
    • Willingness to support the ongoing efforts of the National Alumni Board

    All materials must be submitted by March 17, 2023 to be eligible.  The  National Alumni Board Selection Committee will review applications and the awardee will be notified by April 3, 2023. The Inspiration for the Next Generation awardee will be recognized at the Founder's Day celebration and will receive $150.00 from the Alumni Association. 

    Submission Instructions

    Applications can be submitted through the link below or emailed to by close of business (4:30pm EST) on March 17, 2023.

    Apply for the Inspiration for the Next Generation Award


    For additional questions regarding this application, contact