VACE provides several option for recognizing individuals who have done an outstanding job in our career service and employment industries and the VACE organization.  We would love for you to nominate individuals whom you feel deserves to be awarded for their achievements in service and in their fields.

Award Winners will be celebrated at the VACE 2023 Conference Awards Dinner on Wednesday night of the conference.

Below are the descriptions of the awards.  Please use the Nomination Form to nominate your candidate of choice. 

Members are encouraged to nominate as well as endorse a nomination.

If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected].  Deadline has been extended !

Happy Nominating!

 The deadline to nominate someone (or yourself) for a VACE award has been extended to April 3rd.  

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VACE Awards Descriptions

 Honorary Lifetime Membership

Honorary Lifetime Membership honors those who have made notable contributions to VACE, to the furthering of the career services and college relations functions, or have contributed regularly with participation in the Association. Members can be nominated for this award the year they plan to retire or anytime following their retirement or resignation from VACE. 


Celebration of Retirement Award

The Celebration of Retirement Award recognizes those members who have recently retired from career services, recruiting, or other areas of career development and shows appreciation for their membership in VACE.  


 A. Isabel Gordon Distinguished Service Award

The A. Isabel Gordon Distinguished Service Award honors those who have rendered a continuing and superior level of service and leadership to the Association, and may be awarded to persons who are currently members of the Association, the regional Association(s), or the National Association of Colleges and Employers. 


John L. Chase Meritorious Service Award

The John L. Chase Meritorious Service Award honors those who have made exceptionally valuable contributions to cooperative education, career services or college recruiting, who have been continuous and ardent workers in the ranks over a long period of time and whose services deserve recognition. Two awards will be given for this category, one specifically focused on the university/college level and the other focused on our employer/recruiting facing members.


New Professional Award

The New Professional Award honors an outstanding VACE member with 1 to 3 years of experience in the field of career services, college recruiting, or college student employment who has made notable contributions in their current professional role.


Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award is presented to a VACE member who has made a significant contribution whether it be through a VACE committee, task force, or work within their organization that continues the mission of VACE.


Patricia J. Carretta Special Achievement Award

The Patricia J. Carretta award may be given to a member who has made a significant contribution to VACE during the past year. This award recognizes outstanding performance in carrying out special assignments, appointments, or committee-based work. They have distinguished themselves as role models in their dedication to and advocacy for career services and HR professionals. The recipient should possess leadership qualities, a positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile for the organization.


Board Leadership Award

The Board Leadership Award is presented annually to board members as they complete their term on the board of VACE. It is with great appreciation that we thank them for their dedication, service and leadership to VACE.



  • All current VACE members are eligible to submit for an award.
  • To ensure the integrity of the VACE Awards Program, VACE Awards Committee members abstain from submitting for an award on behalf of their organization, themselves and withdraw from the ranking and voting process in any category in which an award entry is received from their respective organization or themselves.