Distinguished Alumni Awards Program

College Awards: Do you know, or are you, a USF alumnus/a with outstanding professional and personal successes and/or involvement in civic, cultural or charitable activities? Consider nominating a worthy alum candidate!

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business & Health Administration
  • College of Education
  • Leach College of Nursing

Presidential Award Winner: In addition to the above awards, each year, our president selects someone who has made an impact at the university or within their profession or community. This deserving individual will be honored along with the college award recipients.

Nominations: Click here to access the online nomination form. Anyone can nominate and nominations are due by July 31. Recipients are selected by the Executive Board of the USF Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Distinguished Alumni Awards Event: Award honorees and their guests will be invited to join us for a delicious dinner and awards ceremony each fall during our Homecoming & Reunion Weekend.

Questions: Contact the Alumni & Family Relations Office at 877-811-ALUM or alumni@stfrancis.edu.

Current Award Recipients

2018 Presidential Alumni Award

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William “Bill” ‘82 & Patricia “Trish”
(Banks) ‘83 Bellah

  • Bill: B.A., Journalism/ Communications
  • Trish: B.A., Political Science
  • Bill is retired founder/CEO of Compass Chemical International, LLC and current member of USF’s Board of Trustees

2018 College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Award

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Lillian (Doleshek) Buckley ’72

  • B.A., History
  • Development Director of Bridgeport Catholic Academy

2018 College of Business and Health Administration Award

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Brian Bain ’02

  • BBA, Management
  • President of Tri-City Wolverines Youth Football & Cheer

2018 College of Education Alumni Award

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Holly Bontkowski ‘93

  • B.A., Elementary Education
  • Curriculum Project Manager at Naperville School District 203

2018 Leach College of Nursing Alumni Award

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Dayna (Bernstein) Jaynstein ‘09

  • M.S., Physician Assistant Studies
  • Assistant Director, PA-C at Red Rocks Community College