In order for an award nominee to be eligible to be a recipient at the Hilltop Excellence Awards (HEA) or the Dorothy Amann Awards (DA), they must meet the following criteria. These criteria were established in 2012 and take effect for HEA/DA 2013. All award recipients prior to 2013 are grandfathered into HEA/DA without meeting these criteria:
- At the time of nomination and presentation of the award, recipients must currently be enrolled at (HEA & DA) or employed by (DA) SMU. An SMU Retiree may be nominated if they retired in the year of the ceremony (HEA).
- Students must graduate from SMU in the calendar year in which the award is given except in the case of the Freehafer Award.
- Student award recipients may be undergraduate or graduate students unless specifically proscribed in individual award criteria.
Requests to adapt these criteria must be received by January 1 of the year of the ceremony so that due consideration can be given, and to allow time for appropriate planning.