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University Advancement/Martin Alumni Center
900 N Benton Ave.
Springfield, MO 65802/Office: (417) 873-7258/Email: /

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Founded in 1951, the Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize individuals who have achieved professional and personal successes, and demonstrated exemplary service to their community.

Distinguished Alumni Award Distinctions

  • Lifetime Achievement: Alumnus whose life and accomplishments have earned the respect of their industry, profession or community.
  • University Engagement: Alumnus with extraordinary achievement in their personal and professional endeavors, with special attention to their exceptional service to the University.
  • Community Service: Alumnus who has served his or her community in an exemplary way, sustaining a record of leadership and dedicated service.
  • Career Achievement: Alumnus with exceptional achievements in their professional endeavors, reflecting honor on the University and its alumni.
  • Young Alumni: Alumnus who graduated within the last 15 years and whose accomplishments set a standard for life-long excellence.
  • Appreciation Award for Faculty/Staff: Faculty and staff member honored for achievement in their professional or academic field and loyalty to the University.
  • Special Merit: Alumnus who have provided distinctive contributions to support the University, Alumni, and the Drury Family in the preceding year.
  • Special Category for 2020-2021 - Covid-19 Response Recognition: Alumnus who have served their community in an exemplary way during the pandemic. Multiple alumni will be recognized at the awards ceremony in Fall 2021 after committee review of nominations.

Nomination Timeline

Nominations are accepted throughout the year. On December 31, the nomination cycle closes to allow selection of honorees for the upcoming year.

Nominations received after December 31 will be saved for the next year of selection. Final selections will be made in February of each year. Award recipients and nominators will be notified, in most cases, by April and the ceremony and event takes place in the Fall each year.

The nomination cycle for the 2021 Distinguished Alumni awards is now closed. However, we are taking nominations for the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards and encourage you to submit your nominations by December 31, 2021.

Distinguished Alumni Nomination Form


2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners 

Drury's 2019 Distinguished Alumni award winners were recognized on Friday, February 28, from 6 - 9 p.m. in the FSC Ballroom.