UVU Women Awards

The UVU Women Awards is a series of awards to recognize change makers in our community who contribute to the Women’s Success Center mission to help women graduate from Utah Valley University. These individuals or entities are being recognized for their work to inspired encourage, and motivate women to complete their college degrees. Below, you will see descriptions of awards that my be given each year, however, not all awards will be given every year.

The inaugural UVU Women Awards ceremony took place November 13, 2019 and recognized three members from UVU and the larger community who have supported, and continue to support, the Women’s Success Center and its mission.

UVU Women 2022 Award Recipients

Carrie Tod
Illumine Award - Carrie Todd
Staff from The Refuge
Community Partner Award - The Refuge
Portrait of Jessie Hill
Faculty Service Award - Jessie Hill
Portrait of Makan Santiago
Outstanding Alumni Award - Makana Santiago
Portrait of Peggy Pasin
Distinguished Service Award - Peggy Pasin

Award Types

Student Achievement Award

The Student Achievement Award recognizes a UVU student who exemplifies the mission of the Women's Success Center through their own work and pursuits, as well as by their example and dedication to their fellow students and the UVU community.

Outstanding Alumni Award Award

The Alumni Award is given to a UVU alum who embodies the Women's Success Center mission by using their degree to pursue their dreams and find their success after graduation. This alum shows current students that an education is a worthy investment in future successes.

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes the contributions of an individual who has shared their time and talent in support of UVU women staying in school and completing their degrees.

Faculty Service Award

The Faculty Services Award recognizes those faculty at Utah Valley University who embody the Women's Success Center mission through their scholarship, teaching, and services. Their dedication helps the Women's Success Center as we work toward our goal to keep women in.

Administrator Award

The Administrator Award recognizes an administrator who exemplifies the Women's Success Center mission in their work and services to the UVU community.

Community Partner Award

The Community Partner Award recognizes the contributions of a community partner who has collaborated with the Women's Success Center mission and supports.

Illumine Award

The Illumine Award recognizes an individual who brings light to the lives of UVU students through their generous philanthropic work.

Past Awardees


  • Administrator Award - Linda Makin
  • Illumine Award - WSC Advisory Board
  • Outstanding Alum Award - Kirsten Kizerian
  • Student Achievement Award - Nicole Trette


  • Due to COVID-19, the Women's Success Center did not host the annual Women Awards.


  • Illumine Award - Kortney Osborne
  • Distinguished Service Award, Susan Richards


  • Illumine Award - Heather Kahlert
  • Illumine Award - Andrea Clark


  • Illumine Award - Janis F. Lindley


  • Illumine Award - Barbara Barrington Jones


  • Illumine Award - Ann Laemmien Lewis


  • Illumine Award - Michelle O. Taylor


  • Illumine Award - Paige B. Holland
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