One of the historic strengths of Carlow University is its ability to transform and develop students into high-achieving, compassionate, ethical leaders in their respective fields. The honor that best recognizes these outstanding individuals is the Carlow Laureate award, the most prestigious award that can be bestowed on our alumni.

Carlow Laureates are alumni whose work, thought, and action demonstrate the highest standards of professional accomplishment and leadership, whether it is in their chosen discipline, in academics, or through community service.

The award represents a lasting tribute to the recipients for their professional excellence, the transformational education they received at Carlow, and the dynamic environment which helped to fuel their ambitions and their desire to make a difference in the world.

Awards ceremony

The annual Carlow Laureates Award program honoring the 2021 awardees was held on May 26, 2021 at 5 p.m. View the ceremony:

Award title

Carlow University honors four alumni, one of whom is a graduate of the last decade. The Young Laureate Award recognizes individuals who are rising stars in their field. Carlow University also recognizes a special alumna for her distinguished service.

2021 Carlow Laureate Award recipients

2021 Carlow Laureates


  • Kathleen (Bollen) Gaberson, PhD, RN, CNOR, CNE, ANEF – Class of 1970
  • Captain Madelyn Reyes, DNP, MA, MPA, RN – Class of 2016 
  • Nancy (Picciano) Zimmerman, PhD, MS, MLS – Class of 1973 

Young Laureate

  • Chanessa Schuler, BA – Class of 2012 

Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to Carlow University (Posthumous)

  • Barbara L. Gilles, BA – Class of 2010

View past recipients of the Carlow Laureate Award.

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