Alumni Awards

The Saint Leo Alumni Association, along with the Office of Alumni Engagement, is dedicated to recognizing those who serve as role models for Saint Leo students, encourage others to consider a Saint Leo education, and further inspire a sense of Saint Leo pride in their fellow graduates.

Nominations are closed for the 2023 Alumni Awards. Nominations received after Friday, September 15, 2023 will be considered with next year’s group of nominees. Questions may be directed to Sarah Olsen at or (352) 588-8729.

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Distinguished Alumnus/a Award

The highest award granted by the Saint Leo University Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award recognizes alumni who have achieved remarkable goals in his or her personal or professional life. Examples of such are: noteworthy success in building a business, appointment to a high level position within a government or private industry, and earning esteem and praise within his or her local community for a consistent pattern of selfless work or high-level achievement.

Alternately, a person who achieved a singular goal of great positive significance. Examples are: earning a position on an Olympic team, discovering or inventing something of note, performing a verifiable heroic deed, and etc.

Benedictine Spirit Award

Originally established in 2006 as the Florida Benedictine Spirit Award, this award continues the tradition of celebrating and honoring an alumnus/a who is living the values first articulated 1,500 years ago by Sts. Benedict and Scholastica. The recipient will have demonstrated uncommon and sustained devotion to the Saint Leo University community.

Roaring Onward Award

Established in 2016, the Roaring Onward Award celebrates outstanding alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years. Selection is based on professional success, contribution to their communities, and living the university’s core values. Recipients possess the qualities that embody the spirit of Saint Leo and a commitment to further strengthen the alumni community.

Global Service Award

Established in 2021, the Global Service Award recognizes graduates who currently are living or previously lived outside of the United States and served our government or a community in another country. They must demonstrate distinctive success in their endeavors in a foreign country and must have shaped the world and strengthened our global alumni community. These alumni have clearly demonstrated and upheld the core values and mission embraced by Saint Leo University.

Additionally, the recipient must have worked in their chosen field for at least five years and have accomplishments recognized at a national/international level.

2023 Alumni awards will be presented during Alumni Weekend scheduled for February 29 - March 3, 2024.

2022 Award Recipients

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