Homecoming Award Portal

Nominate someone for the Homecoming 2020 awards!

Click the award name for the submission form. Submissions received by May 1, 2020 will be considered for a Homecoming 2020 award. Submissions received after May 1, 2020 will be considered the following year.

Distinguished Alumnus/a: a person who exemplifies many of the traits described in our Cowboy Code and has graduated more than 15 years ago.

Distinguished Young Alumnus/a: a person who exemplifies many of the traits described in our Cowboy Code and has graduated fewer than 15 years ago.

Highlands Spirit Award: a person, not necessarily an alum, who goes the extra mile to help others and showcases Highlands in the best possible light.

Forever Cowboy Student Award: a current student in good standing, who embodies leadership qualities, high ethical standards, a spirit of volunteerism, and is involved across many campus activities.

The Cowboy Code

  1. Saddle your own horse – a person who has taken full advantage of what was offered to them by Highlands and determined their own path.
  2. Ride a ways with others – a person who has helped others follow in their path.
  3. Do what’s right, even if no one is looking – a person who has shown integrity and done what was right, even if it wasn’t popular or profitable.
  4. Ride for the brand – a person who has demonstrated loyalty to Highlands.
  5. Lie, but only to your own mind – a person who has believed in themselves even when faced with adversity.
  6. Learn from your elders – a person who has honored their mentors.
  7. Lend a hand where it’s needed – a person who has a spirit of volunteerism, who has given back to their community.
  8. To think right, straighten your boots – a person who has shown responsibility; someone that others can count on.
  9. Be polite – a person who thanks and recognizes those who have helped them.
  10. Choose your pards carefully – a person who surrounds themselves with other like-minded individuals who share the same high standards.
  11. Find a passion – a person who strives continually for improvement.