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Distinguished Alumni Awards

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

Distinguished Alumni Award Distinctions

  • Lifetime Achievement: Alumni whose life and accomplishments have earned the respect of their industry, profession or community.
  • University EngagementAlumni with extraordinary achievement in their personal and professional endeavors, with special attention to their exceptional service to the University.
  • Community ServiceAlumni who has served his or her community in an exemplary way, sustaining a record of leadership and dedicated service.
  • Career AchievementAlumni with exceptional achievements in their professional endeavors, reflecting honor on the University and its alumni.
  • Young AlumniAlumni 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: Alumni 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: Alumni 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 1, the nomination cycle closes to allow selection of honorees for the year.

*2020-21 deadline extended to December 31, 2020.

Nominations received after December 31 will be saved for the next year of selection. Final selections will be made in February 2021. Award recipients and nominators will be notified, in most cases, by March 31.

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.