Alumni Awards

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. 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.  

From Washington to Broadway and beyond, these #NYUAlumni are visionaries and innovators making a difference.

Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service

Presented to a respected and distinguished public figure of recognized stature or identity who has clearly demonstrated a record of outstanding public service in their professional, vocational, social, and cultural endeavors, and who, by receiving this award, brings honor to the University.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Presented to a respected and distinguished graduate of any school, college, or division of NYU who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement and/or service in their professional, vocational, social, and cultural endeavors, and who deserves acknowledgement as embodying the spirit of distinction that brings pride to the University. 

Distinguished Young Alumni Award

The Distinguished Young Alumnus award is presented to an outstanding graduate of any school, college, or division of NYU who is under the age of 40. This alumnus/a has demonstrated sustained excellence in their professional, vocational, social, and cultural endeavors, and who deserves acknowledgement as embodying the spirit of distinction that brings pride to the University.  

Alumni Meritorious Service

Presented to a respected and distinguished graduate of any school, college, or division of NYU who has demonstrated extraordinary service and continuing devotion to their alma mater and who embodies the University motto: Persevere and Excel. This award is presented at the annual Alumni Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. Current NYUAA Board Officers are not eligible.

Recipients in Alphabetical Order

President’s Alumni Achievement Award

From time to time, the President of the University bestows upon an outstanding alumnus/a the President’s Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of exemplary accomplishment in the professional sector, as well as for unwavering dedication and commitment to bettering the life of the University community.

When this award is presented, it is given during the NYU Alumni Association’s Annual Meeting, which is held at the end of each academic year. 

Past NYUAA Award Honorees

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 and Earlier 

Honorees 2014 - 2019

Ted Allen (GSAS '90) 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Emanuel Azenberg (ARTS '55) 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Ian Axel (STEINHARDT '07) 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award
George S. Barrett (STERN '88) 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Martin Cohen (STERN '76) 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Carmen Guillén Fariña (STEINHARDT ’65) 2015 Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service
Lindsey Ferrentino (TSOA ’09) 2018 Distinguished Young Alumna Award
Anthony Foxx (LAW ’96) 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Neil Garg (CAS '00) 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Jay Greene (TANDON ’64) 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Ruth Gruber (WSC ’30) 2015 Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service 
Chris Harrison (CAS ’05, CIMS ’06) 2014 Distinguished Young Alumnus Award
Cristi Marie Hegranes (GSAS ’05) 2015 Distinguished Young Alumna Award
Hakeem Jeffries (LAW '97) 2019 Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service
Chad King (STEINHARDT '07) 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award
Martin Lipton (LAW ’55) 2017 Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service
Winston W. Ma (LAW ’98) 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Jonathan Mechanic (LAW ’77) 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Ruthie Ann Miles (STEINHARDT ’07) 2016 Distinguished Young Alumna Award
Lee Morin (GSAS ’78, ’82, MED ’81) 2018 Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service
Rachel A. Robinson (NUR ’61, HON ’96) 2014 Distinguished Alumna Award
Billy Rosa (TSOA ’04, MEYERS ’09) 2018 Distinguished Young Alumnus Award
Erin Schrode (CAS '13) 2019 Distinguished Young Alumna Award
John Sexton 2016 Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service
John Patrick Shanley (STEINHARDT ’77, HON ’09) 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Ali Stroker (TSOA ’09) 2017 Distinguished Young Alumna Award
Edith S. Windsor (GSAS ’57) 2014 Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service
Jonathan Woodson (MED '79) 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award

NYU Volunteer Recognition

 

2019 Meritorious Service Awards Recipient

Linda Carter (STEINHARDT '74)

BRIGHTCOVE MEDIA
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2018 Meritorious Service Awards Recipient

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)

2017 Meritorious Service Awards Recipients

Rena Brand, MD (MED '83)

BRIGHTCOVE MEDIA
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Rena Brand MD, (MED ’83) has been a vice president of the NYU Alumni Association for four years. Since 2014 she has served as co-chair or liaison of the NYUAA Awards Committee. Previously, she served on the NYUAA Ad Hoc Membership/Recruitment committee.
 

Alfred K. W. Wong (STERN ’94)

BRIGHTCOVE MEDIA
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Mr. Alfred K. W. Wong (STERN ’94) is the founding secretary of the NYU Pan Asia Alumni Association and was responsible for organizing the first annual Pan Asia Alumni Conference in 2014.  

2016 Meritorious Service Awards Recipients

Charles Hinkaty (TANDON '70, '72)

BRIGHTCOVE MEDIA
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Charles Hinkaty has served as a Trustee of both New York University and NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, and was President of the Polytechnic Alumni Association from 1996 until 1998.
 

Phyllis Putter Barasch (STERN ’81)

BRIGHTCOVE MEDIA
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Phyllis Putter Barasch is a Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of NYU. She serves as the University's Alumni Affairs & Student Life Committee Chair, as a member of the University's Executive, Finance, Academic Affairs, Compensation and Committee on Trustees. In addition she has served as an active member on special committees such as the Joint Committee meeting with various university constituencies about the 2031 plan and on the Presidential Search Committee. Mrs. Barasch also serves on NYULMC's Perlmutter Cancer Institute Advisory Committee. She was President of the NYUAA from 2012–2014.