Alumni Awards


The Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented during Homecoming weekend to an alumnus or alumna who excels in their chosen profession and reflects favorably upon themselves, their community, and Grand Valley.

The prestigious award has been given out since 1985. Alumni are nominated by faculty, staff, and their fellow alumni. A panel of members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors then selects the award recipient.

To meet the award criteria, the nominee must:

  • Be distinguished in their career
  • Possess integrity and stature
  • Show a continuing interest in GVSU and have contributed to one or more programs
  • Be a graduate
  • Have demonstrated by their actions the importance of the education they received at GVSU
  • Be graduated for a minimum of 10 years
  • Be available to attend the award ceremony
  • Not be a current member of the GVSU Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, or Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Not be a current GVSU staff member, full-time faculty member, or those that teach more than 12 credit hours per year

Distinguished Alumni Award Nomination Form


The Outstanding Educator Award

The Outstanding Educator Award is presented during Homecoming weekend to a faculty member who has had a significant impact on the careers of alumni. 

Faculty are nominated by alumni. A panel of members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors then selects the award recipient. All award recipients are approved by the university provost before the public announcement.

To meet the award criteria, the nominee must:

  • Be a current faculty member at Grand Valley State University
  • Be available to attend the award ceremony
  • Not be a prior recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award

Outstanding Educator Award Nomination Form


The Young Alumni Award

The Young Alumni Award is presented during Homecoming weekend to a recent graduate who is making outstanding contributions to society, and whose accomplishments and career reflect favorably upon Grand Valley.

The prestigious award has been given out since 2008. Alumni are nominated by faculty, staff, and their fellow alumni. A panel of members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors then selects the award recipient.

To meet the award criteria, the nominee must:

  • Be distinguished in their career
  • Possess integrity and stature
  • Show a continuing interest in GVSU and have contributed to one or more programs
  • Be a graduate
  • Have demonstrated by their actions the importance of the education they received at GVSU
  • Have graduated within the past 10 years
  • Be available to attend the award ceremony
  • Not be a current member of the GVSU Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, Alumni Association Board of Directors, or Young Alumni Council
  • Not be a current GVSU staff member, full-time faculty member, or those that teach more than 12 credit hours per year

Young Alumni Award Nomination Form


The Alumni Service Award

The Alumni Service Award is presented during Homecoming weekend to an alumnus or alumna for demonstrating outstanding service to Grand Valley and the Alumni Association.

Alumni are selected by the GVSU Alumni Relations staff.

To meet the award criteria, the nominee must:

  • Demonstrate outstanding service to GVSU
  • Be a GVSU graduate
  • Be available to attend the award ceremony
  • Not be a prior recipient of the Alumni Service Award
  • Not be a current member of the GVSU Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, Alumni Association Board of Directors, or Young Alumni Council