Family of the Year (Sleuth Award)

We know that families are vital to our students’ success here at UMaine. The Family of the Year award is to honor those families who have supported their student’s in their academics, life, and overall involvement at the University. UMaine defines “family” as an individual or a group of individuals who support a student’s success. Family members can include parents, siblings, grandparents, extended relations, close friends, and even your furry friends! Family members are encouraged to be involved in the University of Maine, either through service of any kind, or their commitment to their student. Nominate your Sleuth below!


  • Plaque awarded at UMaine Football Game during Family and Friends Weekend
  • Photo taken with THE Bananas T. Bear
  • University Bookstore Gift Card and Gift Basket
  • Special Reserved Spot in Homecoming Tailgate Lot
  • Other Fun Freebies! 


In order to be eligible for the Sleuth Award, a family must be nominated by a current University of Maine student. Student status will be checked upon application submission. 


An application can be found HERE to nominate your family. You will be asked basic identifying, and three short answer questions (300 words or less) on the application. In addition to this there will be a place to submit a photo of your sleuth at the bottom of the page.

Family of the Year (Sleuth Award): 

Applications will be closed September 1st, 2022. 

Award Selection:

All entries will be judged in strict confidentiality by the Family of the Year Award Selection Committee. Nominations will be judged on their ability to convey the merit of your nominee’s outstanding involvement in your life and evidence of parent/family enthusiasm for the University of Maine.

Nominate Your Family for the Sleuth Award!

By submitting an application you agree that:

If my nomination is selected, I grant permission for any photos taken during the award presentation to be used for future publicity for the Family of the Year Award, and Family Weekend publications. I understand that the University of Maine may copy or duplicate my entry for future use in publications or other mediums for marketing purposes with no compensation to me.

Family of The Year Application

This form will be used to nominate your family member(s) for the Family of the Year (Sleuth Award).

Student Info:

About your Family

i.e. The Smith Family
300 words or less
300 words or less
300 words or less
Max. file size: 3 MB.