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IUSA Alumni Awards

Awards open for recognition of the positive contributions to Irish US relations


Recognising Excellence and Distinguished Individuals

The Ireland United States Alumni Association (IUSA) and U.S. Embassy Dublin seek nominations for the Annual Awards Program.  In addition to expressing appreciation to the distinguished individuals honoured, IUSA and the Embassy, through this award, seek to raise public awareness of the critical role played by alumni of U.S. exchange programs, including J1 alumni, in Irish society today.  The award will be presented at IUSA’s Conference in January 2021 and two categories of nominations will be considered.

IUSA Distinguished Alumni Award

The IUSA Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Ireland-United States Alumni Association (IUSA). The purpose of the award is to honor alumni of U.S. exchange programs who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to promoting the special relationship between then United States and Ireland, who have made outstanding contributions in professional or philanthropic pursuits, or who have participated in service related to the Ireland-United States Alumni Association. Nominations should provide substantive examples of how the alumna/alumnus has made a positive impact in their community or profession.

IUSA Emerging Leader Award

This award recognizes young alumni of U.S. exchange programs, including J1 alumni, who have made a significant contribution to their community and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service.  Nominees must have completed their exchange within the past ten years. Nominations should provide substantive examples of how the alumna/alumnus has made a positive impact in their community or profession after returning from their exchange program. There is an expectation that the nominee is in the beginning of what will be a long-term distinguished career or role.

Criteria and Procedures

To nominate someone, please review the criteria below and then complete the form. Please note you may not nominate yourself.

  1. Nominees must be alumni of a U.S. government exchange program, including the J1 program, and should be persons who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen business, profession or life’s work, or in their service to society.
  2. Nominees should be committed to supporting U.S.-Ireland ties, having made outstanding contributions by their scholarship, philanthropy or service to the alumni network.
  3. Winners must be persons willing to participate in the award ceremony at the annual conference and awards dinner In January, 2019, and in future activities with the Ireland United States Alumni Association network.
  4. Award Selection Committee members are not eligible for the award.

Nominations must be received by Thursday, October 29th, 2020 at noon, to be considered. Please submit the completed form below.  Please direct questions to O’


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Download the IUSA Distinguished Alumni Form (.docx format)

IUSA Alumni Award Winners 2015

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2015 IUSA Distinguished and Emerging Leader Awards of the IUSA

IUSA Distinguished Leader Award

Michael Barron, BeLonGTo

IUSA Emerging Leader Award

Maeve O’Rourke, Justice for Magdelene

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