College of Applied Health Sciences Alumni Awards Nominations
AHS alumni are changing the world...
...in the areas of Speech and Hearing, Kinesiology & Community Health, Recreation, Sport and Tourism, and Disability Advocacy. The College of Applied Health Sciences will recognize inspiring individuals this fall with the College of Applied Health Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award, Harold Scharper Award, and Young Alumni Award. Learn more about the college's alumni awards below:
The College of Applied Health Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 2007 to celebrate the diverse achievements of alumni of the College of Applied Health Sciences. The award recognizes high levels of professional and personal success that results in national or international renown.
Harold Scharper was the first paraplegic to attend the University of Illinois. Following his death in 1950, the members of Delta Sigma Omicron (Disabled Student Organization) and friends established the Harold Scharper Achievement and Service/Humanitarian Awards in his memory. In 2012, these awards were merged into one award. The award commemorates his contributions to the early development of the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services, and the opportunities which now exist on the University campus for the education of persons with disabilities. It is a tribute to the example he set for others with disabilities, and is given in recognition of his preference that the unselfish achievements and services of others be recognized above all other things.
The Young Alumni Award was established in 2021 to recognize a graduate of the College of Applied Health Sciences who has achieved early success in their profession. The award recognizes leadership, community engagement, and contributions of time and talent to the university. The recipient must be thirty five (35) years of age or younger during the calendar year in which they receive the award.
Guidelines for nominations:
• Complete the nomination form and upload two letters of support. You can also include a CV or resume, copies of written articles, or any other supportive documents.
• Nominees must be able to attend the awards activities the weekend of Homecoming.
• Nominations can be updated if a candidate is not selected after the first year.
• Award recipients will be selected by the Dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences. Recommendations from the Board of Visitors will be welcomed and carefully considered in the decision process.