Spartans strive to address the world’s most pressing problems each and every day. The Alumni Grand Awards program recognizes the best of the best — those 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 2018 Grand Awards Gala, held on Friday, November 9, 2018 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 the recipients.
Date: November 9, 2018
The MSU Alumni Association recognizes Spartans annually, who 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 in their field.
- HONORARY ALUMNI AWARD
Presented to 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 individuals, families, associations, corporations, or foundations 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 Spartans age 40 or younger 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.
Individuals, university departments, and alumni clubs may submit online nominations for consideration.
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 of how the nominee has demonstrated the characteristics outlined in the award category.
- For Distinguished Alumni Award candidates, 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 engaged in support of Michigan State University, or engaged others in support of MSU.
- Any additional information you feel is relevant to the assessment of the individual.
Submit a Nomination