NYU Alumni Association Awards

The NYU Alumni Association is proud to recognize outstanding graduates for their exceptional personal and professional achievements.

Recent Honorees

These honorees exemplify NYU's spirit through their contributions to their communities and around the world.

  • André De Shields (GAL ’91)
    Meet André

    Distinguished Alumni Award

    André De Shields

    GAL ’91


    André De Shields (GAL ’91) won the 2019 Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Tony Awards as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his unanimously critically-acclaimed performance as Hermes in Hadestown.
  • Nick Grassi (GLS ’12)
    Meet Nick

    Distinguished Young Alumni Award

    Nick Grassi

    GLS ’12

    Cofounder, Finerio

    Nick Grassi (GLS ’12) is the cofounder of Finerio, the first automated platform empowering over 200,000 Latinos to take control of their personal finances in Mexico and other Latin American countries.
  • Nily Rozic (CAS ’07)
    Meet Nily

    Distinguished Young Alumni Award

    Nily Rozic

    CAS ’07

    New York State Assemblywoman

    Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (CAS ’07) represents New York’s 25th District, which spans the Eastern portion of Queens. Upon her election in 2012, Assemblywoman Rozic became the youngest woman in the state legislature and the first woman ever to represent the 25th District.
  • Zachary Carter (LAW ’75)
    Meet Zachary

    Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service

    Zachary Carter

    LAW ’75

    78th Corporation Counsel of the City of New York

    Zachary W. Carter (LAW ’75) served as the 78th Corporation Counsel of the City of New York. As the chief legal officer of the city, Carter advised the mayor and city commissioners legal policies and operations.
  • Marvin Leffler (STERN '42, '51)
    Meet Marvin

    Lifetime Service Award

    Marvin Leffler

    STERN '42, '51

    President Emeritus and Trustee, Town Hall Foundation

    President emeritus of the Town Hall Foundation, to which he served as the organization’s voluntary president for 35 years; and founding member of the NYU Alumni Association.
  • Betty Weinberg Ellerin (WSC '50, LAW '52)
    Meet Betty

    Lifetime Service Award

    Betty Weinberg Ellerin

    WSC '50, LAW '52

    Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird, LLP

    Senior counsel in Alston & Bird, LLP’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group in New York City, the first woman appointed as deputy chief administrative judge of the State of New York for the New York City Courts, and founding member of the NYU Alumni Association.
  • Richard Dadoo (STERN ’84)
    Meet Richard

    Alumni Meritorious Service

    Richard Dadoo

    STERN ’84

    NYU Volunteer

    A passionate and dedicated leader of Stern alumni in Mexico City, Ricardo has taken on the responsibility of creating community and initiating most alumni gatherings and programs there.
  • Steven Tyler (MEYERS ’15)
    Meet Steven

    New Volunteer of the Year

    Steven Tyler

    MEYERS ’15

    NYU Volunteer

    Steven Tyler (MEYERS ’15) has been an integral member of the Nursing Administration Alumni Advisory Council for over two years, and an innovative, critical thinker.
  • Life After NYU Committee
    Meet Life After NYU Committee

    New Volunteers of the Year

    Life After NYU Committee

    Given the lives of recent graduates have been disrupted by the pandemic, this group of dedicated new alumni volunteers was extraordinary.
  • Amenuveve: NYU Stern Social Entrepreneurship in Ghana Alumni Virtual Reading Program

    In August 2020, NYU Stern Class of 2020 alum Jordan Wolken (STERN ’20) and Caitlyn Lubas (STERN ’20) started an Alumni Committee for Amenuveve, the 501(c)(3) non-profit based in both the US and Ghana that began in a freshman year social entrepreneurship class at Stern.
  • Silver Black Alumni Network | Black History Month Workshop Series: Community, Connection, & Celebration

    The Silver Black Alumni Network brought together the community to experience joy and liberation through The Black History Month Workshop Series (February 2021).

Alumni 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.

Learn more about Distinguished Alumni awards

Alumni Volunteer

When alumni volunteers give of their time and their talent, they demonstrate what it means to have Violet Pride! As a way to celebrate our alumni volunteer community, the NYU Alumni Association celebrates and recognizes the exemplary commitment of officially-recognized clubs, groups and individuals through seven distinct award categories.

These awards are given to officially-recognized clubs, groups, and volunteers who have effectively engaged their alumni constituency and fulfilled or furthered the mission of the NYU Alumni Association through innovative events and community-building strategies, sustained leadership in engaging alumni, and cultivating the spirit of NYU pride.

Honorees are selected by fellow alumni volunteers and celebrated at the NYU Alumni Association's annual volunteer recognition event.

Learn more about Alumni Volunteer awards


Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis. Submit your nominations today!


Past Honorees

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