40 Under Forty FAQs - 2019
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40 Under Forty FAQs - 2019 (Cohort Deux)


Who is eligible?

  • ·To be considered for the  40 Under Forty list and ensure inclusion of potential 2018 candidates, given a 2018 40 Under Forty list was not presented, nominees celebrating a 40th birthday  between January 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 can be nominated - along with those under the age of forty. 
  • Nominee must have graduated from, or last attended, any Southern University System campus at least 5 years prior to nomination.

Who is an ideal 40 Under Forty nominee?  

The 2019 40 Under Forty list will feature some of the best and brightest young alumni who are exceling in a diverse array of professional disciplines and industries to include, but not limited to: education, health, business, politics, arts, military, media, science, engineering, and technology. Further, the list will recognize young alumni who are engaged in sustained local, national, and/or global humanitarian and philanthropic action. Lastly, the list will promote young alumni who have made significant contributions to their alma mater through their time, talent, and treasure.  

How do I submit a nomination?

The nomination period is April 10, 219 through May 15, 2019. All nominations must be submitted via the online nomination form. No other forms of submission will be accepted.

What do I need to submit a nomination?

The following information is needed to complete the nomination form:

  • The nominators name, phone number and email address
  • The nominee’s full name, mobile number, email address, current job position and company information, date of birth, graduating year or year last attended.
  • A clearly defined sense of why the nominee should be considered for Forty Under 40 recognition.

Can a Southernite nominate his/herself?

Yes. Self nominations are permissible. 

Any guidelines for submitting a nomination?

Nominations are reviewed by a panel of independent community and business leaders who are searching for information about honorees who have made significant contributions within their respective discipline. Nominations that provide detailed information about the nominees are best suited for selection.

How are honorees selected?

Those recognized each year as a Southern University Alumni Federation (SUAF) 40 Under Forty Honoree are chosen based in part on input from a confidential third party panel and further verified by a panel of Southern University System leaders. The goal is to select a diverse list that represents a broad spectrum of the Southernite professional community.

Can someone be nominated as a 40 Under Forty multiple times?

Yes. A person can be nominated multiple times, however this will not increase the chances of being selected. The SUAF 40 Under Forty is not a popularity contest – it is based on the content of the submission and the nominees’ qualifications and accomplishments. One quality/substantive nomination is sufficient.

Can a Southernite be honored as a 40 Under Forty multiple times?

No. 40 Under Forty is a one-time honor.

What is required of those who are selected?

Honorees must make themselves available for an interview and provide a professional headshot prior to the celebration gala. It is also important that they are able to attend our Honoree Gala  recognizing our 40 Under Forty honorees on October 31, 2019.

When is the deadline?

The deadline for Class of 2019 (Cohort Deux) nominations is 11:59 pm May 15, 2019. No exceptions to the deadline will be allowed at this time.

Can I fax, mail or hand delivery my nomination?

All materials must be submitted via the online nomination form. No nominations sent by email, fax, postal mail or hand delivery will be accepted.

Can I save my nomination form and come back to it?

No. Once you start the form, you must complete it or start over another time.

When will I find out who the honorees are?

The list of honorees will be announced during the SUAF 2019 Leadership Summit held (June 28 - June 30) and  via SU Alumni Federation communication outlets. Until then the list will remain confidential. The honorees will be recognized at the 40 Under Forty Honoree Gala on October 31, 2019. 

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