The award recognizes former Etowah students who have made positive impacts in their communities.
The deadline to submit nominees is April 15. Applications must be mailed to the school's Alumni Award Selection Committee at Etowah, 6565 Putnam Ford Road, Woodstock, GA 30189.
The committee, made up of longtime teachers familiar with past graduates, selects recipients. Nominators are asked to include the alumni's professional accomplishments and community service.
The award will be presented to one winner during Etowah's graduation ceremony, scheduled for 8 p.m. May 28 at First Baptist Church of Woodstock.
The names of other nominees are kept and considered for future awards. New nominees are added to the list as they come in from the community.
Principal Ron Dunnavant said the award has been well received by the community because of how much the recipients have done for the community.
"Those people we've recognized have greatly appreciated the school for recognizing their accomplishments," he said.
Etowah is the only high school in the district that honors past graduates.
In 2006, Diane Webb, clerk of the Cobb County State Court, who graduated in 1978, was the first to receive the award.
In 2007, Keith Gunter, who graduated in 1997 and is an associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Marietta, received the recognition.
In 2008, Dr. Kecia Ray, a 1983 graduate, was recognized during the school's graduation ceremony.
Last year, the school recognized Jennifer Davis, an attorney in Canton.
Ms. Davis said she was "honored" to have received the award.
"To receive an award from the school I attended means a lot to me," she said.
Ms. Davis graduated from Etowah in 1995. While at the school, she served as her student body president, played varsity tennis and was a member of the yearbook staff.
She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She graduated in 2002 from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law. In 2004, she completed Leadership Cherokee, the Chamber of Commerce's program that educates emerging leaders about the community.
Ms. Davis, who has her own practice in Canton, said she went into law because she "never wanted to do anything" else.
While in high school, she worked in local law firms with the same lawyers she's now litigating with and against.
"I love my job," she said, adding Cherokee County has "great local lawyers and judges."
Ms. Davis is the past president of the Blue Ridge Bar Association and served as the organization's president from 2008 to 2009. She is a member of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children.
Ms. Davis, 32, lives in Canton and attends Hillside United Methodist Church. She has a son Max, 3.
Ms. Davis said she hopes Etowah's current students realize they, too, can be successful.
She also said she wants current Etowah students to understand how important it is to contribute to their community.
"There's so much value of coming home and contributing to an adult to your community," she said. "That's the unique thing about Cherokee County. There's such a hometown feel to the community."