The University of Alabama established Premier Awards to recognize UA students, faculty, and staff who exemplify the highest standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The Sullivan Award is the oldest of the Premier Awards first awarded to UA students in 1928. The most recently endowed Premier Award, the Judy Bonner Presidential Medallion, was first awarded in 2016. Each of these awards honor the legacies of activists, academics, and individuals who made important intellectual and inspirational contributions to their communities.

Applications are typically available during the fall of each year. The University Awards Committee reviews applications and determines the winners of the Premier Awards. The Boards for the Mayer, Ramsey, and Randall Awards work closely with the University Awards Committee in identifying recipients from among the pools of exceptional applicants for their particular awards. Decisions are made in January, and recipients are immediately notified of their selection for these prestigious honors. Recipients are celebrated at a banquet later in the spring semester and are given special recognition during the Tapping On The Mound Ceremony during UA Honors Week.

To learn more about the University’s Premier Awards, contact Amber Capell, Director of External Relations at 205-348-9291 or by email at