The Distinguished Alumna Award was established in 1990 to recognize the achievements of our Nazareth Academy, Saint Therese Academy and Saint Joseph Academy graduates. Alumnae candidates are chosen for their service to Catholic education, their church, their community and to women's leadership causes; service in their chosen vocation; living out the mission and philosophy of their Alma Mater; achievements or special recognition in their career or volunteer work. The nominee must have graduated from one of the Academies for fifteen or more years, and their achievements in their personal life or career must reflect the pursuit of excellence instilled and inspired by the Congregation of St. Joseph.
Beginning in 2016, the Distinguished Alumna Award was presented at during Saint Joseph Academy's "Celebrate the Academy" gala. The 2018 Distinguished Alumna Award recognizes the hard work and contributions of Maureen McCafferty Arbeznik '69! Congratulations, Maureen!