Alumni Awards

Nominations for 2021-22 are due by May 20, 2022.

Use the Alumni Award Nomination Form.

Please note that the nomination form requires you to submit:

  • a CV and
  • short Biography of the person you are nominating.

Additional Requirements:

  • Current members of the HHS Alumni Association Board of Directors and current employees of UNCG are not eligible for an award.
  • Typically, awards are not made posthumously.
  • Nominations may be made by anyone except the nominee.
  • Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis, but each award cycle will close on May 20 (i.e. nominations received after May 20 will be considered for the next year).

An Alumni Awards Ceremony is held to honor these alumni for their important local, regional, national, and international contributions.

HHS Distinguished Alumni Award

This award is the highest honor given by the School of Health and Human Sciences to an outstanding alumnus/a. It recognizes persons who have attained national and/or international stature through their achievements in one or more of these areas:  teaching, scholarship, service (professional or civic), administration, or leadership (professional or civic), creative endeavors, human relationships and inspiration.

HHS Lifetime Legacy Award

This award is for an alumnus/a who has served as a pioneer in his/her field of study and who has tirelessly given of his/her treasure through time or talents spanning a number of decades. This honoree may be selected from among the alumni of any of the 9 departments and programs in the school.

HHS Public Service Award

This award may be given to an individual or group who, in his or her role as a member of the faculty (including emeriti faculty), staff, administration, or as alumni or friends, has made an extraordinary contribution to the mission and advancement of the School of Health and Human Sciences.

HHS Emerging Leader Alumni Award

The award recognizes exceptional achievements and significant contributions to the recipient’s profession or community/society or university. The recipient exemplifies outstanding professional and personal development either through traditional channels or innovative approaches. This honoree may be selected from among alumni from any of the eight departments and 2 programs of the School, within 10 years after their graduation.

HHS Pacesetter Awards

These awards honor outstanding alumni in the School who have attained local, state or regional recognition through their achievements in scholarship, leadership or service, during their career or through civic involvement. Each Department and Program may select a Pacesetter awardee to honor each year.


Faculty & Staff Awards

HHS celebrates the excellence of its faculty and staff each Spring. Nomination materials due no later than Friday, March 18, 2022.
  • Faculty, staff, and students may nominate individuals for consideration of all awards. Self-nominations are accepted for awards except the teaching excellence awards.
  • Any faculty member who has completed at least 2 years of full-time employment in HHS is eligible for consideration.

We look forward to your nominees!

HHS Teaching Awards

UNCG is an outstanding place to learn! Furthermore, the School of Health and Human Sciences house some of the best instructors! Now is the time to show your appreciation of an instructor who has made an impact.

Please complete the brief form to nominate a faculty member within HHS by Friday, January 28, 2022.

HHS Teaching Excellence Award

This award honors a faculty member for outstanding success facilitating student learning, outstanding success guiding and facilitating student research or scholarship, or impacting academic and professional pursuits of students. Full time tenure track and Academic Professional faculty with at least 2 years of experience at UNCG are eligible for consideration.

HHS Mary Frances Stone Teaching Excellence Award

The Mary Frances Stone Teaching Excellence Award honors tenure track and Academic Professional faculty in the School of HHS for teaching excellence. Clarence and Jane Stone established this award to honor their daughter. They believed that ‘educational strength …depends on the development and retention of great scholars and teachers.’ Faculty with at least 2 years of experience at UNCG are eligible for consideration.

Jerry and Joan Morrison Tolley–Gail M. Hennis Teaching Excellence Award

This award was established to celebrate quality in teaching and to provide support to a graduate faculty member in the Departments of Community and Therapeutic Recreation, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Kinesiology, or Public Health Education. It was made possible by a gift from Jerry R. and Joan M. Tolley to honor Dr. Gail M. Hennis, a former professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Assistant Dean of the Graduate School at UNCG. Faculty with at least 2 years of experience at UNCG are eligible for consideration.

HHS Graduate Mentoring Award

The HHS Graduate Mentoring Award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in mentoring graduate students.

Graduate Mentoring Award application

Community Engaged Scholarship Award

The HHS Community Engaged Scholar Award recognizes and rewards a member of the faculty in HHS who demonstrates excellence in scholarly engagement with a community partner.  Community engagement that benefits the University and a community partner, while demonstrating a clear connection to departmental, school or university mission is the focus of this award.

Community Engaged Scholarship Award application

Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion Award

The School of Health and Human Sciences Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion Award is presented to the individual or individuals who make significant contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the School of Health and Human Sciences and in the health and human sciences professions. Contributions include increasing the presence of under-represented populations in the health and human sciences professions and engaging and addressing the needs of diverse populations facing social and health disparities in the Triad, State and beyond.

Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion Award application

Research Excellence Awards(2 awards: one junior, one senior)

The purpose of the Health and Human Sciences Research Excellence Award is to recognize HHS faculty members for their outstanding research contributions.

  1. The Junior Research Excellence Award is for an assistant or associate professor (tenure track or Academic Professional).
  2. The Senior Research Excellence Award is for a full professor. The award is based on the nominee’s career-long body of research (tenure track or Academic Professional).

HHS Junior and Senior Research Award application

Outstanding Staff Award

The HHS Outstanding Staff Award recognizes and rewards a member of the staff in HHS who provides outstanding leadership and service to our school.  Leadership and service are contributions made to HHS which go beyond the scope of normal responsibilities.

HHS Outstanding Staff Award application

HHS Ginny Kinney Faculty Fund

This endowed fund is available to assist faculty (full-time, tenured, tenure-track, or Academic Professional) from any department or program in the School of Health and Human Sciences.  To be considered, applicants should have completed at least 2 full years of employment in the School of HHS. These funds may be used for ongoing training and education such as:

  • Professional travel costs.
  • Registration expenses or accommodations for professional meetings and conferences or courses.
  • Software, hardware, or other, related expenses to support professional development or research.

The HHS Ginny Kinney Faculty Fund was awarded Fall 2021.


Scholarship Awardees

See the list of of almost 100 available scholarships. Qualifications are listed along with descriptions.

Each year, excellent students, majoring in a department of HHS are awarded nearly $300,000 in scholarships and awards.

UNCG Student Excellence

UNCG Student Excellence Awards

Students receive awards at the Student Honors Convocation held each spring semester. For information contact Margaret Patton at

This is the highest academic honor given to students at UNCG. Seniors, who, through their academic careers have demonstrated superior creativity and originality, motivation, initiative, and critical thinking skills, and the ability to communicate orally and in writing are nominated for the award by faculty. Congratulations to each of our HHS awardees! Only about 50 students are selected each year to receive the Student Excellence Award from the Honors College.

UNCG Faculty/Staff Excellence

UNCG Faculty Staff Excellence Awards

See members of the HHS community that have received UNCG excellence awards.

UNCG honors faculty and staff across the University.