Distinguished Young Alumni Award

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Distinguished Young Alumni Award

The Distinguished Young Alumni Award was created to recognize the Young Alumni of Wilson College who are making an impact in their field.


The Wilson College of Textiles has over 10,000 alumni and has a long, storied history of successful graduates. The Dean’s Young Alumni Leadership Council is pleased to introduce the Distinguished Young Alumni Award. This Award recognizes Wilson College Young Alumni who are under 40 years of age and have made significant contributions to their community and company. Honorees will be selected based on, but not limited to, the below criteria:

  • Professional Achievement (e.g. management roles, strategic impact, technical innovation, etc.)
  • Wilson College Core Values (e.g. compassion, equity, collaboration, innovation and sustainability)
  • Service to their industry (e.g. research, memberships in professional organizations, patents, technical publications, etc.)
  • Community and/or Public Service (e.g. NC State, United Way, Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, etc.)
  • Entrepreneurship (e.g. business founder, industry disruption, economic stimulation, etc.)

Two young alumni, one from each academic department (TATM and TECS) will be honored annually. Applicants do not have to be working in the textile industry. Individuals are open to self-nominate or be nominated by others. Honorees will be announced in the Winter Young Alumni Newsletter and invited to participate in priority events throughout the 2021 calendar year.

Nominate Now

Are you a young alumna or alumni who has made significant contributions to their community and company? Or do you know someone that deserves to be recognized for their accomplishments? Then nominate today for the upcoming Distinguished Young Alumni Award. The current nomination period closes on November 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

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