Horizon Award

The Horizon Award is the most prestigious recognition bestowed on an alum by the Alumni Association. One alum per year per category may be recognized for outstanding achievement in one of the following categories. Alums may receive the Horizon Award only once in their lifetime.

Clinical Excellence
Humanitarian Efforts

Please submit a letter, no more than two pages, stating why your candidate should be considered for the Horizon Award category. Suggested topics to address within the nomination letter for each of the categories include:

  • Outstanding contributions to her/his nomination category.
  • Dedication to health care.
  • Demonstration of high professional standards.
  • Consistently demonstrates exceptional personal integrity and character and is a superior role model to peers, students, and members of the Alumni Association.
  • Exemplifies the Alumni Association's core values of Caring, Excellence, Holism, Learning & Respect.

Be sure to carefully read the award criteria for each category so you can explain clearly and in full how your nominee fulfills the specific measures for the award. Your statement should cover the following category criteria wherever appropriate and give specific examples. You may include other supportive information such as awards, letters of commendation or newspaper articles. Monetary gifts are not among the criteria used for selection of the honoree. Please include your name, address, phone and E-mail address.

  • Demonstrates clinical expertise and outstanding achievement in her/his chosen career or area of practice.
  • Has received recognition for exemplary professional practice.
  • Demonstrates a breadth of knowledge in her/his area of practice.
  • Develops creative approaches to her/his practice that contribute to the holistic care of the client as well as family members.
  • Demonstrates leadership.
  • Serves as a mentor/preceptor that inspires peers' professional practice.
  • Enhances the image of the profession through her/his practice.
  • Advances the scope and practice of her/his profession.
  • Participates in community affairs, legislation, or organizations that affect professional practice.
  • Serves as a client advocate.
  • Demonstrates a devotion to healthcare through the elimination of pain and suffering.
  • Facilitates change and growth resulting in positive impact on healthcare delivery
  • Participates in research, publishes or makes presentations on healthcare topics.
  • Has made contributions to education at the local, state, national, or international level.
  • Participates in community affairs, legislation, or organizations that affect professional practice.
  • Promotes the development, dissemination and utilization of healthcare education.
  • Inspires others through service as a mentor/preceptor.
  • Influences professional practice and the public's image of healthcare through excellence in teaching.
  • Significantly influences healthcare education by creating innovative and holistic approaches.
  • Has influenced the present and future healthcare practice through education.
  • Is recognized by students and alumni for excellence and compassion as a teacher.
  • Instills in students a passion for the discipline of healthcare and a desire to continue learning.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to her/his life-long learning.
  • Demonstrates unselfish and effective contributions to changing lives at a community, national and/or international level.
  • Distinguishes herself/himself through humanitarian service and humanistic values.
  • Facilitates understanding among people of different religious faiths, ethnic groups and racial groups.
  • Recognized for contributions to under-served populations or provides services in challenging situations.
  • Promotes social reform.
  • Demonstrates a devotion to human welfare especially through the elimination of pain and suffering.
  • Freely gives her/his talent, time and efforts to an organization or group without financial gain.
  • Demonstrates outstanding volunteer efforts in her/his community, including religious, civic and/or charitable organizations or programs, either local or national in scope and structure.
  • Distinguishes herself/himself for contributions which enhance the wellbeing of the community.
  • Demonstrates a passion for and dedication to a cause.
  • Committed to excellence, no matter what the volunteer activity.
  • Exemplifies the best of volunteerism, a sense of caring and responsibility for others that connects citizens and solves community problems.
  • Has received recognition for exemplary volunteer efforts.
  • Demonstrates exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work.
  • Changes lives as a result of her/his volunteer efforts.
  • Serves as a model and inspiration to other volunteers.
Procedure for selecting the recipient:
  • Nomination letters will be copied and distributed to members of the Honors and Awards Committee to determine if the nominee meets the criteria of the award.
  • Nomination letters will be copied and distributed to members in attendance at an early Spring meeting in the year it is to be given.
  • These members in attendance will then vote by confidential paper ballot for the nominee of their choice. Due to the importance of this recognition, one nominee per category may receive the award.
  • The recipient will be notified by mail and invited to attend the annual Reunion Dinner to receive the award.


Mail nomination to: Denise Carlson, Director of Alumni Relations, 720 North 87th Street, Omaha, NE 68114
(800) 793-3964 or 354-7256 Denise.Carlson@methodistcollege.edu