Alumni Achievement Awards

2018 Award Recipients

Each year the UMaine Alumni Association recognizes Black Bears who have achieved outstanding career success and/or have contributed significantly and admirably to the betterment of UMaine.

These Alumni Achievement Awards are based on nominations submitted to the Alumni Association, reviewed by a special thirteen-member committee, and ultimately ratified by the Alumni Association Board of Directors.




The nomination deadline for the 2019 Alumni Achievement Awards is November 5, 2018.
Details about each award and the nomination process may be found below.

Questions? Please contact Ashley Nemer ’10, ‘12G 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 Aiumni 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.