50 Under 50

The Alabama State University Division of Institutional Advancement developed the 50 Under 50 alumni award to engage, re-engage, educate, honor and develop the next generation of advocates, donors and ambassadors for ASU. As ambassadors of the University the class members may be called on throughout the year to serve as speakers, panelists, advisory committee members and to participate in other unique opportunities throughout the University. The 2023 50 Under 50 class members will be officially honored and recognized at the 50 Under 50 Awards Celebration. 

Meet the Members


Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017



The 2023 nominations are closed.  Please return in November 2023 to nominate candidates for the 2024 Class.   


  • Must be an Alabama State University graduate (undergraduate or graduate degree).
  • Must not have reached their 51st birthday by September 1, 2023. Candidates who turn 51 before September 1, 2023 are NOT eligible for selection. 
  • Must have made an impact in business, education, science, medicine, sports, law/government, media/entertainment, the arts community, community/religious leadership and/or organizational leadership.
  • Must be willing to develop/maintain a committed relationship with Alabama State University.
  • Must be willing to submit a hi-resolution photo, if selected, to be published by Alabama State University as appropriate.
  • Must be willing to contribute $600 annually to ASU. 


What is the age requirement for 50 Under 50 candidates?
To be eligible for consideration in the 50 Under 50 Class of 2023, nominees must not have reached their 51st birthday by September 1, 2023. Candidates who turn 51 before September 1, 2023 will NOT be eligible.

How do I nominate someone for 50 Under 50?
To nominate someone, visit us online before 11:59 p.m. on January 16, 2023 and fill out the nomination. The nomination process is simple.

Can I nominate more than one person?
You can nominate as many people as you'd like, but only one nominee per form.

Can I nominate myself?
Sure! Who knows you better than yourself?

Does the nominator have to be an alum?
No, the nominator does not have to be an alum.  It could be an employer, co-worker, friend, clergy person or simply anyone who knows the nominee well.

What makes someone a good candidate for 50 Under 50?
Our Alums are the best and brightest. They are all different, but they are all high achievers. They include business people, entrepreneurs, artists, designers, athletes, community organizers, politicians, teacher and inventors. They give back to the community and elevate their communities through their work, whether it be through their careers or volunteer work. They inspire us through everything they do. People who fit these descriptions and are willing to make a commitment to ASU make good candidates.

How are the Top 50 selected?

We are certain to receive hundreds of nominations for 50 Under 50. From those nominations, our team will compile a list of all the nominations. The 50 Under 50 Selection Committee will review the nominations.  The Committee will be made up of members of 50 Under 50. The Committee will carefully review the nominations, interview candidates and debate the merits of the candidates, weighing their achievements and balancing the class across sectors of achievement until they determine the 50 Under 50 Class of 2023.

What makes a nomination stand out?
Our committee looks for nominees who have notable achievements in their particular fields, which includes community work; so try to be as specific as possible when you are filling out the nomination or nominee completion form. Measurable achievements should be included and could include achievements such as increasing profits, awards from professional associations or other groups, or completion of a project. We know that many achievements aren't easily quantified or previously acknowledged, so give us as many details as you can. The judges will also look for community and volunteer involvement that speaks to the nominee's willingness to help others, as well as their commitment and contribution. Again, be as specific as possible.

When will the nominees find out if they have been selected as members of the 50 Under 50 Class of 2023?
Those who are selected for this years 50 Under 50 class will be contacted by April 15, 2023.  

What happens if I have been selected?
Congratulations! You will be contacted by Institutional Advancement.

Contact Us

Office of Development
Alabama State University 
P.O. Box 1046
Montgomery, AL 36101 
Phone: (334) 229-5620