OT Program Outstanding Alumni Award

Purpose and Philosophy

The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes alumni of the Program of Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine for their individual achievements in or contributions to the field of occupational therapy in research, education, clinical practice or entrepreneurship. The Awards Selection Committee will select up to three alumni per year in each category to be honored with this award. The award(s) will be presented to honorees on OT Scholarship Day on April 24, 2020.


  • The nominee must be a graduate of the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine.
  • Potential nominees who are associated with Washington University, its governing board, the State government, or State regulatory boards or agencies can be nominated only after they no longer hold their respective positions.
  • Self-nominations will be considered.
  • The award is to be presented only one time to an individual. Therefore, all previous recipients are ineligible for subsequent consideration.
  • All nominees must be living at the time of nomination.
  • Nominee must be able to attend OT Scholarship Day on April 24, 2020.

Selection Criteria

Qualified nominees for the Outstanding Alumni Award should possess one or more of the following attributes:

  • Professional Achievement: Nominees have attained prominence in their occupational therapy career through research, education, clinical practice or entrepreneurship.
  • Community Participation: Nominees have demonstrated a commitment and dedication to community participation in regards to policy and/or advocacy.
  • Integrity and Character: Nominees must have the highest standard of personal integrity and character.

Nomination Materials

Materials to submit with nomination include:

  1. A biographical sketch, resume or CV summarizing the nominee’s achievements.
    • If your nominee does not have this available, please include i) a summary of positions and employment, leadership roles, accomplishments, previous awards and publications, and ii) a short narrative about the person and their attributes that makes them eligible for the award (see Selection Criteria).
  2. Additional supportive documents (i.e., at least one letter of recommendation from a colleague, patient/client, students and/or community member).

Nomination Process

Nominations are open from September 1, 2019 and will close on January 31, 2020. The selections will be made by the Award Selection Committee in March 2020.

If the nominee is selected by the committee, he or she must be in attendance at OT Scholarship Day on April 24, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri to accept the award.

If you have any questions about the nomination or selection process, please contact Michele Berhorst at (314) 286-1606 or berhorstm@wustl.edu.

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