Nominate a Golden Flash


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Kent State University recognizes and honors Golden Flashes who, through leadership, character and hard work, have made exceptional contributions in their chosen profession, in their communities and at Kent State. Sponsored by the Kent State Alumni Association, the Alumni Awards are highly prestigious honors presented each year to outstanding alumni, staff and students.  

Please read through each of the award categories and choose the award you think the nominee should receive. When filling out the application, please be sure to provide as much information as possible on why the nominee should receive that specific award. Resumes and supporting documents are strongly encouraged. 

Nominate or Apply

A nomination is a way to let a fellow Flash know you think they’d be a great candidate for one or more of Kent State’s Alumni Awards! When you submit a nomination, that person will receive an email asking them to complete an application. If you have all their information (contact information, employer information, career history, achievements and awards, resume, supporting documents, etc.), you can submit an application on their behalf. Your submission can be anonymous if you so choose. A nomination does not provide Kent State with enough information to consider someone for an award. For alumni, students or staff members to be considered for an Alumni Award, an application must be submitted. If you are submitting yourself for consideration, you need only submit an application; you do not need to fill out the nomination form. 

Current Kent State University employees and employees who have been separated from the university for less than five years are only eligible for the Outstanding Staff Member Award. A Kent State employee may not be nominated for another Alumni Award category sooner than five years after the individual’s separation from Kent State as an employee. For past employees applying for a category other than the staff award, consideration of eligibility, accomplishments and service for any given award shall be for the time period after separation from the university as an employee.

Judging is done by the Kent State Alumni Association. The alumni association will review and make determinations for all award categories and reserves the right to suggest alternate awards based on the nominee’s qualifications and experience.

If you have additional questions about the Alumni Awards, please visit our FAQs page