Alumni Board of Directors Committees


Annually select the recipients of the Alumni Association Alumni Scholarships. Establish the criteria for each scholarship, determine the application timeline, and review the budget to determine the number of scholarships awarded. The two scholarships are:

  • General Alumni Association Scholarship – award distributed to undergraduate students who have unmet financial need,

  • Alumni Legacy Scholarship – awarded to current undergraduate students who are the child or grandchild of a UMBC alumnus/a.

Upon selection, students are notified by letter and funds are deposited directly into their university accounts.  While there is no ceremony or event associated with this award, current scholarship recipients are invited to attend the Alumni Awards Ceremony each fall.


Manage the annual alumni awards nomination and selection process, ultimately naming award recipients in the following categories: 

  • Outstanding Alumnus/a of the Year: recognizes alumni in each of five categories for career and professional achievement

    • Engineering and Information Technology

    • Humanities

    • Natural and Mathematical Sciences

    • Social and Behavioral Sciences

    • Visual & Performing Arts

  • Distinguished Service: recognizes outstanding service to UMBC and/or the UMBC Alumni Association

  • Rising Star: recognizes an undergraduate alumnus/a of the last 10 years who shows outstanding career promise and early professional success

  • Outstanding Faculty: recognizes a full-time faculty member for extraordinary teaching and outstanding service to UMBC

Awards are distributed annually at an alumni awards ceremony held in conjunction with UMBC’s Homecoming.  All members of the UMBC community, including alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.


Regularly review and update both the UMBC Alumni Association bylaws and constitution, recommending changes as needed; oversee the process of and determine criteria for annual alumni board member nominations and elections. As such, this committee also assists in recruitment of prospective members. The committee develops a slate of officers and board members, which is presented to the Alumni Association Board of Directors for a vote at the final board meeting of the year each spring.  While final selection occurs by a vote of the board, nominations for prospective members can come from any UMBC alumna/alumnus or current UMBC faculty/staff member.

Nominations are reviewed based on the following qualifications:

  • active involvement in the advancement of UMBC and/or continued involvement as an alumna/alumnus in the Alumni Association

  • community involvement

  • willingness to serve on the committees of the Alumni Association, and

  • previous involvement with UMBC as a student.


Work closely with UMBC administration on special events and strategic initiatives as needed to support the overall mission and campus strategic plan. Examples can include participation on various strategic planning, athletics, 50th anniversary, and accreditation committees along with or as proxy for executive committee members. This committee will work with the executive committee and full board for input and feedback on on-going and new initiatives.