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J.E. Wallace Sterling Award

Nominate Here: 2018 J.E. Wallace Sterling Award Nomination Form

Each spring, the Stanford Alumni Association invites faculty and staff to nominate a graduating senior for the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award. It is named for J.E. Wallace Sterling, who served as Stanford’s president from 1949 to 1968 and as chancellor until 1985.

The award recognizes a senior whose undergraduate leadership and volunteer activities have made the largest impact on the Stanford community. Service might include involvement in athletics, clubs, drama and musical productions, fundraising, journalism, public service, religious organizations, residential education, social and political organizations, student government or university committees.

Criteria for Selection

 The selection committee for the Sterling Award considers the following criteria in evaluating each candidate:

  • Leadership and depth of the candidate’s chosen activities
  • Commitment and goodwill demonstrated toward the university
  • Degree of sustained dedication to volunteerism
  • Impact and legacy resulting from the candidate’s involvements
  • Potential for a candidate’s future role as a Stanford volunteer and advocate


The recipient will be selected from nominations sent in by faculty, resident fellows and resident assistants, deans and department heads, and other university administrators. The final selection will be made by a committee appointed by the Stanford Alumni Association.

Nominate Here: 2018 J.E. Wallace Sterling Award Nomination Form