Each year the Illinois State University’s Alumni Association recognizes individuals who personify the University’s tradition as an environment for excellence. Through outstanding achievements and contributions, these individuals bring honor to Illinois State and the Alumni Association. Established in 1971 with one award, the program has grown to five award categories to better recognize the accomplishments of alumni at different stages of their careers.
Presented annually at the Founders Day Convocation, the awards include the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Alumni Achievement Award, E. Burton Mercier Service Award, Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the Senator John Maitland, Jr., Commitment to Education Award.
Each award may have up to three recipients annually, except the Distinguished Alumni Award which is only awarded to one individual, who qualifies by having previously won either a Young, Service, Achievement, or Maitland award, or be a past inductee into an Illinois State college Hall of Fame.
Did you know there are other award opportunities on campus for alumni? Follow the links below to learn more about the awards each of our colleges are offering.