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Visionary Pioneer Award

Celebrating 125 Years

As part of this special year of celebration, we will recognize 25 outstanding alumni (both living and deceased) as UMSON Visionary Pioneers. We invite you to nominate alumni who have made a significant impact on and contribution to the field of nursing, based on their leadership, innovation, or entrepreneurship. Those selected will be honored at UMSON’s 125th anniversary gala on April 18, 2015.

General Instructions for Nominating: Nominations should address the criteria stated below. You may include a curriculum vitae or letters of recommendation, but it is not required. To nominate a UMSON alumnus, complete and return the nomination form below.

Nomination Forms:

For nominations submitted by email, the subject line should read UMSON Visionary Pioneer [Nominee’s Name] and be sent to Faxed or mailed nominations should be addressed to the UMSON Visionary Pioneer Nomination Committee c/o UMSON Office of Development & Alumni Relations.

Nomination Deadline: June 1, 2014

Eligibility: Nominees must be graduates of UMSON. Nominations are open for living or deceased alumni. Previous Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be automatically nominated for a Visionary Pioneer Award.  Current UMSON faculty members are not eligible for this award.

Criteria: During the UMSON Visionary Pioneer selection process, each nomination will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Nominee has rendered distinctive service in the field of nursing and health care in clinical practice, education, or scholarship/research.
  • Nominee is recognized by colleagues and peers for outstanding achievement.
  • Nominee has demonstrated evidence of leadership, innovation, or entrepreneurship.

Recognition of UMSON Visionary Pioneers: Alumni selected for the Visionary Pioneer Award will be honored at UMSON’s 125th anniversary gala on April 18, 2015. Additionally, they will be recognized in a variety of media, including the UMSON NURSING magazine, the UMSON website, UMSON press releases, professional nursing publications, and other websites as appropriate.

Nominations and Questions: University of Maryland School of Nursing, UMSON Visionary Pioneer Nomination Committee, Office of Development & Alumni Relations, 655 W. Lombard Street, Room W 209, Baltimore, MD 21201. Questions?  Contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, at 410-706-0674 or

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