The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Alumni Academy Application

​Apply for the 2015 Young Alumni Academy!

YAA is designed to provide a holistic experience in which participants learn from one another, program presenters and community leaders. Leadership, work-life balance and personal brand are just a few of the topics covered in the 10-month program. In addition, participants will be matched with an alumnus mentor based on similar experiences or goals. Mentorship pairs will meet for one-on-one conversations throughout the program. Upon completion of YAA, graduates will be invited to join an emeriti group to provide advice for future academy and young alumni programming. The 2016 Young Alumni Academy is sponsored by The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc.

Additional information

  • All Young Alumni Academy sessions will be based in Columbus, Ohio.
  • All alumni of The Ohio State University who are under the age of 30 and graduates of the last 10 years are eligible to apply.
  • The selection committee for Young Alumni Academy will consist of Ohio State faculty, staff and alumni.
  • Tuition for Young Alumni Academy is $125, due upon acceptance into the academy.


All sessions are held at Longaberger Alumni House unless otherwise noted. Dinner will be provided.


All sessions will be held from 5:30–7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

  • September 20, 2016 – Session I
  • October 25, 2016 – Session II
  • November 15, 2016 – Session III
  • December 13, 2016 – Session IV
  • January 17, 2017 – Session V
  • February 21, 2017 – Session VI
  • March 21, 2017 – Session VII
  • April 18, 2017 – Session VIII
  • May 16, 2017 – Session IX
  • June 20, 2017 – Session X (graduation)


Applications and nomination letters are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2016, to On a case-by-case basis, the young alumni engagement manager will schedule applicant phone conversations in the first two weeks of August, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Applicants will be notified of their status no later than Friday, September 2, 2016.

For more information

Contact Nikki Kanakkanatt at

*Required fields in red.

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Please complete the following three questions (350-word limit for each). Please copy and paste or type your responses in the corresponding textboxes below.

Why do you wish to be a part of the 2016 Young Alumni Academy?

What do you consider to be one of your most significant and important personal or professional accomplishments? How did you demonstrate leadership to achieve it?

How do you see yourself paying forward for Ohio State?

How would a mentor be beneficial to your personal and professional development? What are you looking for in a mentor?


Please submit your resumé with all activities you have participated in. Specify dates of involvement and extent of participation. Please include academic honors and awards, student organizations, artistic achievements, athletic achievements, community involvement and employment. There is a one-page limit. Resumés should be submitted in Times New Roman font no smaller than 11-point and margins no smaller than ¾ inch. Resumé files should be named Resume_FirstInitialLastName (e.g., Resume_BBuckeye). Resumés not meeting these requirements will not be considered.

Acceptable formats: .doc, .pdf
Maximum size: 6MB

Letter of nomination

Please provide one letter of nomination from an individual who is familiar with your leadership/volunteer interests and activities. Letters must be received by application deadline, July 29, 2016. All letters must be sent from the nominator via email to and named Letter_FirstInitialLastName (e.g., Letter_BBuckeye), or mailed to:

Young Alumni Academy
c/o Nikki Kanakkanatt
2200 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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I hereby submit my application for the 2016 Young Alumni Academy. I understand the time commitment involved and the program goals. If selected, I am willing to attend each function in its entirety and devote the time necessary to be a contributing member of the Young Alumni Academy. I understand that tuition is nonrefundable.