40 Under 40

40 Under 40

Southeastern Louisiana University’s “40 Under 40” recognizes the most promising, accomplished,
entrepreneurial, creative, and inspiring alumni. The 40 individuals selected represent
the diverse, global Lion community—across degrees, professions, regions, nationalities,
interests, and involvements.


  • Earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from Southeastern
  • Is under 40 as of April 28, 2020
  • Aspires to uphold the core values and mission of Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Demonstrates a commitment to maintaining a lifelong relationship with Southeastern
  • Has made an impact and demonstrated excellence in their professional,
    community, and philanthropic endeavors


Class of 2020 Nomination FAQs:

Where do I submit a 40 under 40 nomination?

Please complete this nomination form below and we will reach out to the nominated
individual and encourage them to apply for the award.  Nomination is not required
for the application. 

Nomination Form

What information do I need to nominate an alum for the 40 under 40 award?

To nominate an alum online, you will need: (1) their contact information, (2) graduation
year/degree and (3) a brief statement of endorsement. The nomination process should
not take more than 5 minutes.

Do I need to contact the alum I nominate?

No, you do not need to contact the individuals you nominate, unless you prefer to
do so. All nominees must complete the full application for consideration.

Can I nominate someone over the phone or in-person?

No, you can only utilize the online system.

What is the nomination deadline?

The deadline to nominate an alum for the is February 14, 2020 11:59pm. Only those
nominated will receive an e-mailed invitation with application instructions. If the
nominee would like to accept the nomination, the deadline for a nominee to submit
their application is February 28, 2020 11:59pm.

Can I nominate more than one alum?

Yes, you may nominate as many alumni as you wish.

Can I nominate a current student who intends to graduate next year?

No, the individual must have graduated from Southeastern when nominated.

I would like to nominate an alum who is about to turn 40, are they still eligible?

This depends! Alumni nominated for the award must be under the age of 40 as of April
28, 2020.

Can I nominate a graduate student for the award?

Yes, eligible nominees have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from Southeastern
Louisiana University


Class of 2020 Application FAQs:

I have been nominated for Southeastern Louisiana University’s 40 under 40 award, what
are my next steps?

Congratulations! Now that you have been nominated, you must submit a complete application
prior to the submission deadline. You can find a link to the online application in
your nomination notification email. The deadline for a nominee to complete their application
is February 28, 2020.

I received multiple nominations for the 40 under 40 award – do I need to submit more
than one application?

No, nominees only need to submit ONE application for 40 under 40 despite multiple nominations. Multiple nominations do
not necessarily increase your likelihood of receiving the award.

How long does the application process take?

The application process can take up to 25 minutes. Once you hit “submit,” you may
not make future edits to your application.

What do I need to have prepared for the application?

The application requires you to submit your contact information including graduation
and employment details, along with the following:

(1) a hi-resolution headshot,

(2) your CV/Resume,

(3) an up-to-date bio and

(4) responses to four short-answer questions.

It is strongly encouraged to prepare your short-answer responses offline in case of
unforeseen technical difficulties. Once you hit “submit,” you may not make future
edits to your application.

I am having trouble logging in to start my application.

Technical questions about navigating Review? You can also contact the Office for Student
Engagement, [email protected].

When will the Class of 2020 be announced?

All 40 under 40 nominees who apply will be notified of their award status no later
than March 16th.

When is the 40 under 40 Awards Ceremony?

The 40 under 40 Awards Ceremony is taking place on Tuesday, April 28.


Important Dates:

January 27, 2020 – Nominations/Applications Open
February 14, 2020 – Deadline for 40 under 40 nominations and Applications Open
February 28, 2020 – Deadline for Applications
March 16, 2020 – 40 under 40 Class of 2020 announced
April 28, 2020 – DSA 40th Convocation-40 under 40 Recognition