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Alumni Service Award


The Alumni Service Award (formerly the Alumni Community Service Award) recognizes an alumnus who dedicates personal time and energy towards their community and uses their education and experiences gained at the university to promote public service causes, advance university efforts, promote student success or positively contribute to the university culture.

To be considered for this award, you should:

  • Provide evidence of regular and sustained service to the community, university, or society as a whole
  • Contribute beyond, or entirely outside, the realm of the nominees’ standard career responsibilities
  • Display a passionate commitment to the above endeavor(s)
  • Demonstrate ethical, commendable behavior in the execution of the above endeavor(s)
  • Accomplish the above during or after their academic tenure at APU
  • Nominees may be self-nominated, nominated by another graduate, a member of the faculty or staff, or another person outside the university who knows the nominee and the university well
  • Nominees will be notified of their nomination and encouraged to apply for the award
  • The award may, but will not necessarily, be awarded annually

All materials are to be submitted in one complete packet on the award nomination form. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

  • A cover page including your name, student ID, degree completed, contact information, and graduation date
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or supervisor who knows you well. The letter should specifically address how you meet the requirements for the award. You may want to give your recommendation writer a summary of the award
  • An original essay of no more than 1,000 words that outlines why you are an exceptional candidate for the award including concrete examples of how you meet each of the requirements for this award. Answers questions such as:
  • In what ways have you served the community or university?
  • In what ways has this service carried the spirit of the university?
  • What are the recognized contributions made by you that demonstrate a benefit to the larger community?
  • Evidence that you received state or national recognition for significant achievements in your chosen field
  • Your current professional resume
  • Additional information such as news articles, recognition awards, and volunteer service, that supports the nomination are encouraged, but not required
  • Award recipients will be honored during Commencement weekend, and should we have an in-person celebration, one night accommodations and individual travel expenses to attend Commencement will be paid for by the University
  • Award recipients receive a crystal trophy
  • Award recipients are not required to attend Commencement to accept the award

Alumni Service Award Recipient

Darrin Donovan

Darrin Donovan graduated from American Military University with a bachelor’s in Religion in 2011. He completed 39 of his semester hours while stationed abroad in Turkey, Israel, Japan, and the Netherland Antilles. He has served in the United States Air Force since September 1999. He has been assigned to Osan AB South Korea, Andrews A.F.B. Maryland, Izmir Turkey, Yokota AB Japan, Schriever A.F.B. Colorado, Joint Base Charleston South Carolina, and Goodfellow A.F.B. Texas - - in roles ranging from presidential security to Operations Superintendent. He is currently deployed to Afghanistan as the Security Forces Senior Enlisted Leader supporting Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL and the NATO Resolute Support mission. Darrin and his beautiful wife Christina have been happily married for 16 years and have two sons named Justus (12) and Judah (11). They enjoy living in Texas and taking family trips with their RV to explore everything the state offers.

 The submission deadline is now closed. Please stay tuned in Fall 2022 for additional information and contact the University Awards Committee if you have questions.