The award recognizes alumni who graduated within the past 15 years and have shown evidence of "sowing the seeds" to create transformative change to better humanity - to improve the lives of individuals (including marginalized and vulnerable groups), communities, or the world through their positive work with people, animals, or the environment.  Within the short time after receiving their degree, recipients of this award are starting their journey to change the world - showing the promise of current and/or future impact through their professional work and/or volunteer efforts.  Through their drive and determination, it is the “promise” shown in the seeds they are planting and will nurture over time that will result in positive changes in our world.

Wemimo Samson Abbey, a 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota Crookston.Award History
During homecoming in fall 2015
, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations presented a young alumni award for the first time in history. The award recognizes the achievement of alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years. The official name of the award is “the Abbey” named after its first recipient: Wemimo Samson Abbey, a 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota Crookston. 

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria for selection:

  • Individuals who graduated within the past 15 years
  • Have distinguished themselves in their professional field and/or volunteer activities
  • Reputation of the candidate should reflect favorably on the University of Minnesota Crookston
  • No Abbey [Promise] Award will be conferred in absentia or posthumously

Nomination Procedure

Nomination Procedure

  • Submit nomination form on or before March 1
  • Nominee submits detailed vita/resume listing awards, accomplishments, education, etc.
  • Selection by the University and Alumni Relations

Award Recipients

Award Recipients