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Chapter and Alumni Service Awards

Chapter and Alumni Service Awards

Each year, alumni spend countless hours supporting West Virginia University through recruiting, fund-raising and networking efforts across the country. TheWVU Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni for their commitment to WVU during Homecoming.

The David W. Jacobs Lifetime Service Award

This award recognizes support and lifelong service to the WVU Alumni Association. The award was named for David Wood Jacobs who served as director of the Alumni Association for more than 37 years.

The Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumni Award

Named for Margaret Buchanan, founder of WVU’s Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and first woman to serve as president of the Alumni Association, this award honors a WVU alumnus/alumna who graduated within the last 10 years and has provided outstanding service to the Alumni Association or a local chapter.

The James R. McCartney Community Service Award

The James R. McCartney Community Service Award recognizes a member of the WVU Alumni Association who has given outstanding citizenship and service to his/her community. This year’s recipient is Brian Martin.

The Paul B. “Buck” Martin Award

This award recognizes a member of the WVU Alumni Association who has worked to preserve, maintain and promote the traditions of WVU. The award was named for Buck Martin who served as president of the Alumni Association and was the former editor of _The Martinsburg Journal _and noted WVU historian.

The John F. Nicholas Jr. Award

This award recognizes a member of the WVU Alumni Association who has given outstanding service and contributions to a local alumni chapter. The award is named in memory of Col. Nicholas who was a distinguished WVU alumnus and former chapter leader in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Other Awards

Outstanding Alumni Awards

Each year, the WVU Alumni Association honors an outstanding alumnus/a during Homecoming festivities. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated loyalty and commitment to the Alumni Association andWVU. The recipient is recognized during halftime of the Homecoming football game.

Homecoming Parade Marshal

As part of the annual Homecoming festivities, the WVU Alumni Association selects an alumnus/a to serve as parade marshal for the Homecoming parade. In addition, the parade marshal is recognized during halftime of the Homecoming football game.