Alumni Achievement Awards

Deadline for 2020 Alumni Awards nominations: November 4, 2019

Each year the UMaine Alumni Association recognizes several individuals who have performed distinguished service on behalf of their professions, communities, and alma mater.

Many of the awards were presented at the annual Alumni Achievement Awards dinner and recognition ceremony, held Friday, April 5, 2019 at Wells Conference Center on the UMaine campus in Orono. A link to videos and photos from the 2019 Alumni Achievement Awards event may be viewed here.

Individual Black Bear Awards, Block M Awards, and the Hilda Sterling ‘55 Class Correspondent Award will be presented either at Reunion 2019, Homecoming 2019, or at a regional alumni event near the recipient’s home.

Questions? Contact Ashley Twombly at 207-581-1144 or


Alumni Career Award

Recognizes distinguished career performance and achievements in professional, business, civic and/or other public service areas.

Champion of UMaine Award

Recognizes an individual who, though not an alumnus or alumna of UMaine, has provided exceptional, effective, and sustained advocacy and support for UMaine’s mission and quality.

Bernard Lown '42 Alumni Humanitarian Award

Recognizes dedication to outstanding service and impact at the regional, national or global level through active engagement in saving lives, relieving suffering, and promoting human dignity.

Pine Tree Emblem Alumni Service Award

Recognizes exemplary leadership and extensive service, in multiple ways and over a lengthy period of time, to promote the success, reputation, and value of UMAA.

Spirit of Maine Achievement Award

Recognizes an alumnus or alumna who received his or her UMaine undergraduate degree within the past 15 years of nomination and who has achieved outstanding professional, scholarly, public, and/or entrepreneurial success.

Black Bear Award

Recognizes years of continuous, outstanding advocacy for the University of Maine in ways that increase or enhance the reputation and public appreciation of UMaine in the areas of academics, athletics, the arts, and/or alumni success.

Block "M" Award

Recognizes the outstanding work of an individual, conducted over a period of years, to advance the strength and success of his or her alumni class, Chapter, and/or Alumni Interest Group.

Rising Star Award

Recognizes an individual who, in the years immediately following his or her UMaine graduation, has demonstrated outstanding commitment to advancing the strength and success of the Alumni Association, his or her alumni class, alumni chapter, and/or Alumni Interest Group

Fogler Legacy Award

Recognizes a family with at least three generations of UMaine graduates; at least 2 family members must have a record of outstanding service to their alma mater, the Alumni Association, their community, and/or their profession.

Hilda Sterling '55 Class Correspondent Award

Recognizes exemplary service to class as class correspondent.

Golden "M" Award

Recognizes a member of the 50-year reunion class for outstanding class service and/or leadership since graduation.

Distinguished Maine Professor Award

Recognizes a professor who exemplifies the highest qualities of teaching, research, and public service - in that order. Presented annually; sponsored by the Classes of 1942 and 2002.