The Raven Award | Nominations

Each year, the Raven Society confers an Award to recognize excellence in service and contribution to the University of Virginia. This is the highest honor that the Society can bestow on an individual. The Award is reserved to honor students, faculty, administrators, or alumni of the University who have widely and sympathetically shared, supported, and advanced the function of this institution. Nominees need NOT be members of the Raven Society. The Award is not to be conferred solely for some exceptional attainment in some limited field of student activity, scholarship, or professional specialization.

Deadline for Alumni Nominations is Thursday, October 16, 2014

  • Raven Society: Nomination for the Raven Award

  • “The Society shall confer an award, to be known as the Raven Award, in recognition of excellence in service and contribution to the University of Virginia. The Award shall be reserved to honor students, professors, or alumni of the University who have widely and sympathetically shared, supported and advanced the function of this institution. The Award shall not be conferred solely for some exceptional attainment in some limited field of student activity, scholarship, or professional specialization."

    Describe how your nominee has achieved the overall ideals of the Raven Award as described above.

  • “In the nomination of alumni, a high degree of those qualities set forth as general qualifications for election to membership shall be required. Additionally, an alumnus shall have been of outstanding service to the University.”

    The Constitution specifies that general qualifications for membership include: "integrity, high character, sound judgment,...intellectual attainment, capacity for leadership...and willingness to serve the best interests of the University."

    Describe how your nominee fits the qualifications as specifically described above.

  • *Note that previous Raven Award winners are ineligible to win a second time. Please contact Reedy Swanson if you have questions about a potential nominee’s award status.

  • Alumni:
    • In the nomination of alumni, genuine contributions to art, commerce, education, government, justice, literature, science, or social welfare shall be deemed necessary. Additionally, they shall have been of outstanding service to the University. Nominees shall be members of the alumni community for no fewer than ten years.
  • Faculty and Administrators:
    • In the nomination of faculty and administrators, distinction in several of the following broad fields of service shall be deemed necessary: teaching, scholarly or creative activities, administration, and contribution to student life and interests. Nominees shall have been full-time employees as faculty or administrators for a total of no fewer than ten years.
  • Students:
    • In the nomination of students, evidence of growth of scholarly interest is a necessary consideration, but effective contribution to the activities constituting the life of the University shall be an essential factor. Such participation and contribution shall be broadly defined to include leadership and constructive personal influence for the betterment of the morale of the institution. These criteria are an expression of an ideal of multifaceted excellence as a student and as a person. Nominees must be in their last session of work for their degrees.