About the Awards

The NYU Alumni Association is proud to recognize outstanding graduates for their exceptional personal and professional achievements. Awardees are selected through a comprehensive nomination and evaluation process by the Awards Committee of the NYUAA Board, and their contributions to their communities and around the world exemplify NYU’s spirit. Each spring, honorees are recognized at the NYU Alumni Awards luncheon in New York City.  

What do an astronaut, healthcare executive/musician, playwright, politician, and nurse have in common? They're outstanding #NYUAlumni who were recognized with this year's NYUAA Alumni Awards Awards. Learn more about the winners below.


2018 NYUAA Award Honorees

Lee Morin (GSAS '78, '82, MED '81)
Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service

BRIGHTCOVE MEDIA
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A three-time New York University alumnus, NASA astronaut, and a U.S. Navy Captain, Lee M. Morin (GSAS ’78, ’82, MED ’81) is truly out of this world.

Lee recieved the Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service during the 2018 NYU Alumni Awards luncheon for his contributions to the United States' deep space exploration program.

George S. Barrett (STERN ’88)
Distinguished Alumnus Award

BRIGHTCOVE MEDIA
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When George Barrett (STERN ’88) moved to #NYC to be a professional musician, he never expected this would be the first step towards a very different career.

George recieved the Distinugished Alumnus Award during the 2018 NYUAA Awards luncheon for his work as Executive Chairman of the globally-integrated healthcare services and products company, Cardinal Health.

Anthony Foxx (LAW ’96)
Distinguished Alumnus Award

BRIGHTCOVE MEDIA
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After seeing the social impact legal mandates had in his home state of North Carolina, Anthony Foxx (LAW ’96) was inspired to pursue a law degree and help create a better world. After becoming the youngest Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, he joined the Obama Administration as the 17th Secretary of Transportation.

Anthoyn accepted the Distinugished Alumnus Award during the 2018 NYUAA Alumni Awards Luncheon for his impact on social and legal issues.

Lindsey Ferrentino (TSOA ’09)
Distinguished Young Alumna Award

BRIGHTCOVE MEDIA
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The New York Times describes Lindsey Ferrentino (TSOA ‘09) as “a writer of dauntless conviction.” As a playwright, her work is known for its diversity and telling of the stories of underrepresented populations.

Lindsey recieved the Distinguished Young Alumna Award during the 2018 NYUAA Alumni Awards luncheon in acknowledgement of her unique perspective and professional achievements.

Billy Rosa (TSOA ’04, MEYERS ’09)
Distinguished Young Alumnus Award

BRIGHTCOVE MEDIA
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At age 23, William “Billy” Rosa was a recent NYU Tisch theatre grad who had already performed under some of New York’s brightest lights. When her fractured his hip, he didn’t know his injury would set the stage for his next career act.

Billy was honored with the Distinguished young Alumnus Award during the 2018 NYUAA Alumni Awards luncheon for his contributions to the healthcare industry and transformative career.

NYU Volunteer Recognition

2018 Meritorious Service Awards Recipients

Heather Cannady (CAS ’04)

BRIGHTCOVE MEDIA
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Meet the former NYUAA President and the 2018 NYU Alumni Meritorious Service Award recipient, Heather Cannady (CAS '04)


Past Winners

Explore winners from previous years by viewing the video series and reading the complete list of past winners.