Del Mar College Awards: Distinguished Friend of the College Award The Distinguished Friend of the College Award is granted to individuals who are not graduates of the College in recognition of specific and meritorious service on behalf of the quality and advancement of the College, Foundation, and/or Alumni Association. This award honors individuals whose service has benefited society and reflected credit on the College. One award will be given annually. Criteria: How has the candidate contributed to building a better society? Has the candidate expanded the ideas of what is possible and what can be done? Has the candidate engaged and empowered others, providing organization as well as service? Please provide at least two letters of support as a part of your nomination. Letters should come from peers or individuals that can speak to the nominee's impact on society. Supporting Documentation Letters: Because letters of nomination and support are integral parts of a successful candidate dossier, make sure you understand the criteria for the award when you write your letters. Make sure that if you are not gathering and submitting support letters yourself, supporters send their letters for 2016 candidates by the deadline of Monday, May 16, 2016. Please note that the quality of the information given is more important than the relative prominence of the writer. Possible contacts include professional colleagues, former students, friends, or fellow volunteers. Letters that comment knowledgeably on the impact of the individual's specific achievements are most important and helpful. Please share the criteria for the award and the suggested list of questions with those who are writing letters in support of your candidate. Nominators and supporters should answer the following general questions in addition to the ones specified for each award category: What is your relationship to the candidate, and how have you gained your knowledge of his/her accomplishments? How has the individual maintained a connection with the College, its faculty or students, and other alumni? Access the Nomination Form here.