The award recognizes the outstanding service of alumni to Illinois State University, the Alumni Association, or humanity.
Selection is based upon outstanding volunteer service and contributions to Illinois State. A recipient’s significant volunteer efforts in service to the community, state, country, or an important social cause may also be taken into consideration for selection. The award honors the memory of Burt Mercier '50, a community leader who gave back to the University in many ways throughout his life.
The Awards Ceremony is held each spring. Nominations from alumni, the University community, and friends of the University are welcome.