Now accepting nominations for 2022

The true measure of a university’s greatness can be found in the achievements of its proud alumni. Many graduates of The University of Texas at El Paso have made exceptional contributions to their profession, their community and/or their alma mater. Each year, the UTEP Alumni Association is proud to honor such outstanding alumni through the Distinguished Alumni and Gold Nugget Awards. If you would like to nominate yourself – or someone else – please complete and submit a nomination form by February 28, 2022.
All submissions will be considered for both the Distinguished Alumni and the Gold Nugget awards.

Is considered the highest honor that can be bestowed upon exceptional graduates of UTEP, showcasing individuals who have demonstrated significant achievements in their chosen professions; earned high respect among their colleagues; have had a national or international impact; and have consistently remained engaged with UTEP.

The Gold Nugget Award is given to UTEP alum by their respective college. The criteria of selection is based on the alum’s success in their field of expertise, their commitment to their particular college, and their continued engagement with the university.

*Previous Gold Nugget recipients may be eligible to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Each alum will be evaluated on a combination of their:

• Accomplishments in their business, profession, life work, or other worthy endeavors;

• Integrity, stature, and ability to inspire pride in the UTEP faculty, staff, students and alumni;

• Contributions at a local, national and/or international level;

• Continuing interest, loyalty and pride in UTEP;

• Uncommon generosity of time and/or financial support to UTEP;

• Ability through deed and actions to reflect and recognize the importance of his/her UTEP education


A nominee is ineligible if he/she:

• Is a full-time employee of UTEP

• Is an active member of the UTEP Alumni Association Board of Directors
• Is a candidate for any public office or currently serving in an elected position

Deadline to submit a nomination is February 28, 2022.
For questions, please call Judith Heredia-Perry at (915) 747-6361 or via e-mail at

Click here to submit your nomination form.