Alumni Awards

Our alumni do great things.

Saint Leo graduates conduct cancer research in Texas, attend Harvard Law School, serve as commissioned officers in the United States military, develop ecologically sustainable tourism practices in Ecuador, and help shape future generations as educators across America.

Each year, Saint Leo University's Alumni Association honors graduates for their outstanding achievements.

Awards are presented each spring during Alumni Weekend at our Tampa-area University Campus.

Nominate an Alumnus

You have the opportunity to recommend qualified candidates from among our 74,000-strong alumni community. Know a Saint Leo graduate who deserves to be honored? Submit your nomination here.

Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award

The highest honor bestowed by the Saint Leo University Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award recognizes alumni who have dedicated their time, energy, talent or financial resources towards the betterment of the University. Service can be in the form of an Alumni Association position (officer or committee member), or any involvement that advances the mission and core values of Saint Leo through dedicated volunteer efforts—e.g., Annual Fund volunteer, Admissions volunteer, event host.

Outstanding Service Award

The Saint Leo Outstanding Service Award recognizes distinguished service by an alumnus or alumna to his/her profession, alma mater, church, other civic effort or to humanity. The criterion for this award is a continuous record of distinguished service in a chosen field of endeavor, with strong connections to the mission of Saint Leo University.

Young Alumnus/Alumna Award

The Saint Leo University Young Alumnus/Alumna Award is presented to an alumnus or alumna who has reached a significant level of achievement in his/her profession, and who is a model of the quality and caliber of today's Saint Leo student. The candidate, under 35 years of age, must have received a bachelor's or master's degree from Saint Leo within the past 10 years and achieved a significant level of distinction within his/her chosen field.

Athletic Hall of Fame

The Athletic Hall of Fame honors former students, coaches and administrators who excelled in Saint Leo athletics. View current Hall of Fame members, and nominate a member here.

Saint Leo University Alumni Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award

Shannon Schambeau Patterson, '03 & '05
Nathan Krekula, '04
Nick Muley, '90
Jim Chitwood, '88
Kathleen M. Reidy, '71

Outstanding Service Award

F.J. Collura, '63

Young Alumnus/Alumna Award

Alexis Rojas, '11

Church Service Award

Gregory Lambert, '00
Michael Kosiba, '77
Father J. Patrick Ryan, '72
Charles McCarthy, '67
Sr. Dorothy Neuhofer, '49

Honorary Alumnus/Alumna Award

Dr. Anthony Zaitz
Fr. Robert Francis Velten
Gail Greenfelder
Norman D. Kaye
Fr. George Paulson
Walter Plazewski, Sr.

Military Service Award

Kevin Jones, '08
Sgt. Kelley Carter '05
Philip Watson, '05
Gary Whittacre, '03
Dennis McFadden, '85
Willis Witty, '81
Konstantine "Gus" Goanos, '78
Mike Williams, '70
Leo Williamson, '39

Professional Achievement Award

Michael Sciarini, '94
George Steffen, '89
Maryellen Burke '87
Dr. John A. Phillips, Jr., '86
Rose Thomas, '86
Maureen Cruz, '85
Dan McBath, '84
Jim Jacobson, '70

Service to Community Award

Rodney Kinlaw, '09
Jarrod Brent Shivers, '06
John H. Christian, '01
Raymon John Denny, '98
Martin "Jaime" Haigh '98
Ulysses "Butch" Valdes, '92
Joan Rothrauff, '91
Sarah Smith Anker, '86
Isell Denson, '82

Service to Saint Leo Award

Dr. Edward Dadez, '02
Dominick Filipponi, '96
Cathleen Warick DeMuth, '88
Karen (Cofrancesco) McNulty '87
Julie Tobey Jenkins, '84
Kim Ann Callan, '80
John View, '72
Gordon Winslow, '59
Fred Rust, '54
Fr. Gregory Traeger, '34