Each year, the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) gives recognition to alumni achievers, as follows:
Nominations for these awards may be made by any UP alumnus, alumni chapter, or local search committee. Evaluation of nominees and selection of awardees will be made by the UPAA Search and Awards Committee and affirmed by the UPAA Board of Directors.
The guidelines for these five types of awards are detailed below.
UPAA MOST DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD
The nominee must satisfy all the criteria established for the UPAA Distinguished Alumni Award described below, and must significantly stand out among the Distinguished Alumni Awardees selected for the year, e.g., if the nominee achieved distinction in multiple professional fields or areas of endeavor, or made a clearly greater qualitative or quantitative impact than other awardees in their professions or areas of endeavor.
In addition, the nominee must have attained national, and possibly international, prestige that has brought honor and distinction to the University and the country.
UPAA LIFETIME DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
The nominees, throughout their career (whether completed or nearly so), must have consistently rendered illustrious and meritorious service and achieved distinction in their areas of endeavor, which altogether clearly made them a credit to their profession and to the University. Furthermore, the nominees should be outstanding citizens who have led exemplary lives.
Given the character of this award, alumni who have retired from service in the public or private sector (but may still be active) may merit higher rating points for the award.
UPAA DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS
The UPAA Distinguished Alumni Awards are conferred on alumni who have demonstrated, in their chosen field of endeavor, exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions that bring about substantial benefits to society and distinct honor to the University. Recognition is given to achievements and contributions that impact the community in which the Alumni are or have been active, whether this is at the local, national or international level.
General Criteria for the Awards:
Evaluation of nominees for the Distinguished Alumni Awards will be based on the following general criteria:
SERVICE ORIENTATION – the nominee’s work has clearly benefited other people, groups and society at large, and not merely private or personal interests;
LEADERSHIP – the nominee has demonstrated effective and inspiring personal leadership in accomplishing the work for which the award is being given; i.e., achievements can be attributed more to the person than to the official position/job/title held;
IMPACT – the nominee’s work has had a substantial impact on the people, geographic area, or sector covered by the award, both qualitatively (how deep, lasting or transformative) and quantitatively (how many people or groups benefited within the area or sector);
INTEGRITY – there is no serious concern about, or challenge to, the nominee’s personal integrity.
The categories for the Distinguished Alumni Awards are delineated in thematic terms rather than along professional lines, and may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Awards need not be given in all the categories listed above if there are no deserving nominees. Other fields or areas of award may be considered as defined by the achievements of a deserving nominee. The UPAA Distinguished Alumni Awards are meant to be a cut above those given to alumni who have achieved successful professional careers. Over and above their achievements, they must deserve the award by meeting the criteria as described above.
The UPAA makes a special effort to identify for nomination those unsung alumni whose achievements in far-flung places in the Philippines or in other countries are exceptional but have remained unrecognized.
UPAA DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS
The UPAA Distinguished Service Awards are given as a special recognition to individual alumni and alumni chapters or groups who have rendered exceptional service in pursuit of the goals of the University, the Association, and the alumni in general. In addition to the merits of their contributions, the integrity of nominees shall also be considered.
The UPAA Distinguished Service Award for an alumni chapter may be conferred on an in-country or foreign-based alumni chapter, accredited by the UPAA, for its meritorious and exceptional activities, projects, and other services which benefit not only the chapter members, but also the University, the UPAA, and the alumni in general.
UPAA MULTI-GENERATION UP ALUMNI FAMILY RECOGNITION
The UPAA will give special recognition to families who have produced, as of the end of 2019 and 2020, three or more successive generations of UP alumni, i.e., grandparent(s), parent(s), child(ren), and/or grandchild(ren). Regardless of their current place of residence or citizenship, each of these alumni in the family must have spent some years in the Philippines after their studies in UP, rendered some service to the nation, and continued to uphold the principles and values that the University stands for.
THE NOMINATION PROCESS
Nominations for the different awards are accepted from any UP alumnus or alumni chapter.
In addition to the nominations submitted by individual alumni and UPAA chapters, the UPAA may establish search committees in the different campuses of the University and specific geographic areas to intensify the search for awardees.
Instructions and Important Information for Nominators
UP ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
ANG BAHAY NG ALUMNI
UP CAMPUS, DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY 1101
All Alumni Awardees, except Multi-Generation UP Families, are requested to prepare a concise spiel (30 words or less) stating name and title, work, and primary reason for the award. His or her introduction will be based on this during the awarding ceremonies.