People and Community University

Nominations open for the Roberta ‘Bosey’ Fulbright Foote Prize

Established in 2017, the award recognizes a member of the University of Miami community who has made a meaningful contribution to the beauty of the campus.
Students walking on the Coral Gables Campus.

The Office of the President is now accepting nominations for the Roberta “Bosey” Fulbright Foote Prize, which will be awarded during the University of Miami’s Earth Day celebration on April 21 to an individual or team who has made an enduring contribution to the beauty, humanity, and future of the University of Miami’s campuses.

University students, faculty and staff members, trustees, alumni, and donors are eligible for the award, which President Julio Frenk established in 2017 to honor and further the legacy of the University’s former first lady.

The wife of Edward T. “Tad” Foote II, who served as the University’s fourth president from 1981 through 2001, Bosey Foote is largely responsible for the lushness of the Coral Gables Campus. While her husband devoted his energy to strengthening the University’s academic and financial future, she devoted her time to growing its natural beauty.

Individuals or teams may be nominated for the prize for contributions that span any or all of the following categories.

  • Natural Campus Beautification—recognizes outstanding efforts to enhance the natural beauty of outdoor spaces on any of the University’s campuses, ensure protection of natural landscapes, engage the University community in preserving the beauty of our open spaces, and instill pride in the campus environment.
  • Creation of Collaborative Space—honors the efforts and activities of individuals or teams to enhance collaboration through the creation and/or creative utilization of physical spaces (indoor or outdoor) that enhance our sense of community and create ownership of shared spaces.
  • Supporting Environmental Sustainability—lauds individuals and/or teams who excel in implementing sustainability actions that improve the University environment, reduce waste, and move others to action to protect our natural resources.

The award will be presented during the annual Hug the Lake gathering around Lake Osceola. 

To nominate an individual or a team for the 2023 prize, send a nomination letter indicating the category, nominee or group name, and a summary of the contributions to by Friday, April 7.