Distinguished Alumni

2022 Distinguished Alumni Award winners

Nominations for Pitt Social Work’s 2023 Distinguished Alumni Awards are now open! Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 6. Click this link to submit a nomination. 

Anyone may nominate a Pitt Social Work alum for an award. Self-nominations are also accepted.

There are four award categories:

Distinguished Alumni Award: The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest alumni award conferred by the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. This award honors alumni who have made exceptional contributions throughout their professional careers on a national and/or international level.

Advancing Excellence Award: Formerly known as the Outstanding Alumni Award, this award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work field or in other professional settings, and whose work is advancing impact and standards of excellence for social work graduates.

School of Social Work Service Award: This award recognizes alumni who have provided exceptional service to the School of Social Work through teaching, training, and/or volunteer service. Nominees can include, but are not limited to field instructors, adjunct faculty, Alumni Council members, etc.

Rising Star Alumni Award: This award recognizes alumni who have had a notable impact early in their career by applying social work skills and values to their work, and who demonstrate significant professional promise.


The 2023 class of Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be recognized at an event in November 2023.

Need to review the list of past recipients before submitting a new nomination? Here is a list of past award recipients.

If you have any additional questions about the Distinguished Alumni Awards, please email sswalums@pitt.edu

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