2023 Award Nominations

2023 BAR Award Nominations

The submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, June 4, 2023.

The Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes outstanding Black alumni who have been stellar leaders within the University community and or within their local community. This award has two (2) potential categories: Young Alumni (age 40 and under) and Overall Achievement (no class or age requirement).

The James L. Lassiter, J. Kenneth Lee, Floyd B. McKissick Sr. and James. R. Walker Trailblazer Award recognizes a Black alumnus who paved the way for African Americans during the first twenty years of integration at Carolina. The recipient of this award will be an alumnus from a class between 1952 – 1972.

The Hortense K. McClinton Outstanding Faculty Staff Award honors a faculty or staff member, past or present, who has made outstanding contributions to the Carolina community.  The nominee does not have to be an alumnus.

Please read the instructions BEFORE submitting a nomination.

Submission Instructions

  • The submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, June 4, 2023.
  • Only submit materials that have been requested.
  • Each section of the nomination should be submitted via the online nomination form.
  • Recipients will be honored during the Light on the Hill Society Awards Gala (Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023) and must be present to receive the award.
  • Be sure all components of the nominations have been submitted by the deadline. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. 
  • Complete nominations will include:
    • Color head shot
    • Brief biography (200 words or less; Word document only); may be used for reunion marketing (print and or web) and can be written by the nominee or another individual
    • Personal statement (500 or less; Word document only); strong personal statements should describe a defining moment in the nominee’s personal life, professional life and or describe the nominee’s most memorable Carolina moment and or describe how the nominee’s time at Carolina shaped who they are today and or describe how the nominee’s time working with Carolina students has shaped who they are today.
    • Contact information for two (2) references (phone and email)
    • Two (2) reference letters (can be from the listed references or others); strong reference letters will address an individual’s support of BAR and or leadership and or community service on the university, local, state, national or international level and or reasons the nominee should be recognized and or cite specific examples of achievements (e.g. work with African American children, teens, college students or senior citizens, etc.).
  • This process is not designed to be anonymous, and one can self-nominate.  Posthumous nominations cannot be accepted.
  • No nomination edits or updated information can be submitted for consideration after the nominating deadline.


Online Nomination

  • Click here to begin the online nomination process.
  • Reminders:
    • The submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, June 4, 2023.
    • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.


Email Dr. Janet Southerland ’82, BAR Nominating Coordinator, at