Distinguished Alumni Award

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This award is given to any living alumni member, who is a graduate of Millersville University and who has been distinguished in such a way as to bring honor to the individual, the University and/or the Millersville University Alumni Association.

The MU Alumni Association, through its Executive Committee having created the Distinguished Alumni Award for alumni who through outstanding achievements, and/or have served their Alma Mater, has adopted the following general standards of eligibility and procedure for selection. This award was established in 1971.

Standards and Eligibility

The award may be given to a living alumnus of Millersville University who has been distinguished in such a way to bring honor to the individual for their professional achievements, contributions to society, to the University and/or the MU Alumni Association.

Nominations for the award may be submitted by any person familiar with the achievements of an individual’s distinguished endeavor. Letters of support and a completed nomination form shall be submitted to the Nominations and Awards Committee concerning the nomination: 

WHO - name, address, telephone number, etc.

WHAT was the service or special distinction? Briefly describe its nature and purpose and the goals achieved.

WHEN was the service or special distinction? Of what duration, with specific dates?

WHERE was the service or special distinction? Was it rendered to the alumni constituency, state, or nation?

HOW was the service or special distinction accomplished? Qualify the manner in which the service was rendered.

Analysis of Achievement - conclude the nomination by assessing the nominee’s achievement in total. Indicate the impact the service had upon the Alumni Association, University, and/or individual. Please include any additional material which will further substantiate your analysis of this service/special distinction.

Procedure for Selection

1. The Scholarship, Grants and Awards Committee shall verify and pass on the eligibility of those nominated.

2. It shall be the Scholarship, Grants and Awards Committee’s responsibility to review the nominations and select one person for the award. 

3. Committee members shall not divulge the names considered. The award winner shall be notified by the chairman of the Scholarship, Grants and Awards Committee or the Director of Alumni Engagement. 

4. Criteria for this award may be amended by a 2/3 vote of the Committee present at a meeting.

5. The deadline for nominations for this award is March 15. Nominations should be submitted via the online form.

Questions may be directed to the Office of Alumni Engagement, Millersville University, PO Box 1002, Millersville, PA 17551-0302 or email: alumni@millersville.edu.


The formal presentation of this award shall be made at an appropriate University and/or Alumni Association function and in a form and manner approved by the governing body of the MU Alumni Association.

An award and/or certificate of recognition will be given to the recipient at the time of the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

A plaque inscribed with the name of each recipient will be displayed in the Duncan Alumni House and the University Room, Gordinier Hall.


 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient - Armenta Washington '85

Armenta Washington
Armenta L. Washington, M.S., is currently a Research Coordinator Senior with Penn Medicine - Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania.  In her role with the Office of Diversity and Outreach, Armenta utilizes her expertise in building community partnerships to raise awareness, educate and innovate approaches to address cancer health disparities and decreases the cancer burden in underserved communities.  In her role with the Office of Diversity and Community Outreach, Ms. Washington has co-developed a Clinical Trial Community Ambassador Program to increase African Americans' participation in cancer clinical trials.  Ms. Washington and her colleagues developed an internationally recognized drive-by colon cancer clinic to mitigate the 90% reduction of colon cancer screening during the height of COVID-19.  She served as an advisor on the President's Cancer Panel report, “Closing Gaps in Cancer Screening: Connecting People, Communities, and Systems to Improve Equity and Access."  Ms. Washington was named the Philadelphia Magazine Be Well Philly 2021 Health Hero.

Prior to her position at Abramson Cancer Center, Ms. Washington served as Program Manager at Fox Chase Cancer Center’s - Office of Community Outreach.  She has served as a Training Manager for the Family Planning Council – TRAINING 3 (now known as AccessMatters). In her role she provided technical assistance and training programs for healthcare providers throughout HHS Region III. Ms. Washington coordinated numerous training and professional development activities for local and regional healthcare provides often working collaboratively through grant projects with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Office of Population affairs (OPA).   

She currently serves as a member of Penn’s Center for AIDS Research – Community Advisory Board where she is the co-chair of the Black Men’s Health Initiative.

Ms. Washington received her Master of Science in Health Education from Saint Joseph’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Millersville University.