University of Rochester

Advancement Awards

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing aims to strengthen the nursing profession and the provision of high-quality patient- and family-centered care. The School is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in clinical and scientific learning and to the development of nurse clinicians, researchers, educators, and leaders.

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Dean’s Medal

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Established in 2008, the Dean’s Medal recognizes extraordinary service, philanthropy, and leadership to the School, and dedication and commitment that inspire others to take leadership roles at the University. Individuals, families, associations, corporations, or foundations may be recognized. It is among the highest honors given by the School. 

Distinguished Alumnus Award

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Established in 1984, the Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes alumni whose exceptional professional achievements, contributions to their chosen field, and service to the School of Nursing have brought honor to themselves and to the University of Rochester. 

Humanitarian Award

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John N. Wilder Award

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Established in 2008, the John N. Wilder Award honors an individual, family, association, corporation, or foundation whose philanthropy inspires others in support of an “Ever Better” University of Rochester. The award is named for John Wilder, first president (chairman) of the University’s Board of Trustees.

Legacy Award

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Established in 2013, the Legacy Award recognizes an individual or family who has made a significant commitment to the School of Nursing in honor or in memory of a nurse affiliated with the School who has demonstrated exemplary care for patients and their families, or for their service to the nursing profession.

School of Nursing Recipients