Cullman City Schools Foundation seeking alumni award nominations

In this 2018 Cullman Tribune file photo, John Tillman (second from left), a former principal of Cullman High School, is presented with an honorary diploma during the 10th annual Distinguished Alumni and Service Awards luncheon at Cullman High School. He is flanked by, left to right, former Cullman City Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Patterson, former Cullman High School Principal Kim Hall and Cullman City Schools Foundation President Steve Sides. (Cullman Tribune file photo)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman City Schools Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2023 Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Service to Cullman City Schools and Promising Alumni Awards. The nomination deadline is Feb. 10, and the awards luncheon will be held April 6. 

Each nomination should be accompanied by an explanation of why your candidate is a worthy nomination. Information including special recognitions, awards, honors, accomplishments and contribution to the school system and community should be featured. 

Distinguished Alumni Award Criteria:  

  • Notable achievements in their chosen professional field and/or contributions to society 
  • Have graduated from Cullman City Schools or been enrolled in and would have graduated more than 10 years ago 
  • May be nominated posthumously  
  • Distinction in professional life  
  • Distinction in service to community  
  • Serving as a positive and inspiring role model to young adults 
  • Commitment to the Cullman community 

Distinguished Service to Cullman City Schools Award Criteria:  

  • Recognizes individuals/businesses/organizations for contributions significantly impacting the Cullman City Schools 
  • Contributions could include volunteer services, personal contributions and/or sacrifices to improve the lives of others.  
  • Need not have graduated nor attended Cullman City Schools 

Promising Alumni Award Criteria:  

  • Encourages students to continue to be active with the Cullman City Schools and the Cullman City Schools Foundation after they graduate and begin their careers 
  • Nominees should be recognized for excelling in leadership, scholastics, character, service, and potential 
  • Nominees in this category should have graduated from or been enrolled in and would have graduated within 10 years 

Past winners include Cullman City Council President Dr. Jenny Folsom, former Cullman Mayor Max Townson, world-renowned Chef Frank Stitt, Paige Clabo, Dr. Bill Peinhardt, Marsha Folsom, Ernest Hauk and Wesley Britt. 

More information and the nomination form can be found at