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Alumni Awards

About the Awards

Spartans strive to address the world’s most pressing problems each and every day. The Alumni Awards program recognizes the best of the best, alumni who are doing wonderful things and making an impact daily in their companies, communities, and for Michigan State University.

Grand Awards Gala

A slate of truly impressive Spartans will be honored at the Grand Awards Gala, held on Thursday, October 19 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. The black-tie optional event includes a reception with hosted bar, decadent meal, and the opportunity to meet and mingle with this year’s recipients.

Date: October 19, 2017
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner and Program: 6:15 p.m.
Venue: Big Ten Rooms, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
Address:
 219 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI 48824

Registration will be available in July.

Award Categories

The MSU Alumni Association recognizes people annually, who possess the utmost integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of Michigan State University, in five categories:

  • Alumni Service Award: Presented to Michigan State University alumni who have demonstrated service to MSU and/or meritorious public service on a local, state, national, or international level. 
  • Distinguished Alumni Award: Given to alumni who have differentiated themselves by obtaining the highest level of professional accomplishment.
  • Honorary Alumni Award: Presented to those non-alumni candidates who have made an outstanding impact on behalf of Michigan State University on a local, state, national or international level.
  • Philanthropist Award: Presented to an individual, family, association, corporation, or foundation with a proven record of providing major, ongoing financial support and leadership to Michigan State University. Their generosity encourages others to take leadership roles in philanthropy toward MSU.
  • Young Alumni Award: Given to graduates of the last ten years who have distinguished themselves through a high level of professional accomplishment early in their career. These individuals demonstrate a commitment to Michigan State University through outstanding continuous volunteer service on behalf of the university, and/or participation and leadership in meritorious public service on a local, state, national, or international level. The candidate must be 40 years of age or younger.

Nominations

Individuals, university departments, and alumni communities may submit online nominations for consideration by September 1.

A maximum of five pages of supporting documentation will be considered for each nominee. The nominations receiving the strongest consideration by the selection committee will include the following:

  • Specific examples that demonstrate the candidate’s strong integrity and character.
  • Specific examples of how the nominee has been engaged in improving the community, the state, the nation, and/or the world.
  • Specific examples of how the nominee has been personally engaged in support of Michigan State University.
  • Specific examples of how the nominee has engaged others in support of Michigan State University.

Submit a Nomination