OT Program Alumni Awards

Distinguished OT Program Alumni Awards
and Emerging Leader Awards

Purpose and Philosophy

The Distinguished OT Program Alumni Awards and Emerging Leader Awards 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, leadership, professional development or community participation.

The awards will be presented at the Program’s Centennial gala event on October 6, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis, Missouri. Nominees selected must be in attendance at the gala to receive their award. Please indicate on the nomination form which award you are nominating for.

Subsequent awards will be presented annually on OT Scholarship Day starting in April 2019.


  • 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.
  • Each 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.
  • All nominees must have the highest standard of personal integrity and character.

Selection Criteria

Qualified nominees for the Distinguished OT Program 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 and/or clinical practice.
  • Community Participation: Nominees have demonstrated a commitment and dedication to community participation in regards to accessibility, mobility, policy and/or advocacy.

In additional to the criteria above, qualified nominees for the Emerging Leader Award must:

  • Have shown extraordinary leadership and/or career trajectory, and 
  • Have graduated in the past ten years.

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 will open on July 1, 2017 and will close on January 31, 2018. The selections will be made by the Award Selection Committee in March 2018.

If the nominee is selected by the committee, he or she must be in attendance at the Centennial gala event on October 6, 2018 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.

Nominate OnlineNomination Form (PDF)