Alumni Award Categories

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the most prestigious award given by the Kent State University Alumni Association. This award honors highly exceptional alumni who have made outstanding contributions in their field of endeavor and demonstrated extraordinary service to Kent State University, the community, state, nation and/or globally.

Distinguished Citizen Award

The Distinguished Citizen Award honors alumni for their extraordinary service to the public in nonprofit organization or outstanding community service. This award recognizes those individuals who have unselfishly and generously contributed their time and talents for the enrichment of others and the betterment of their community.  

Kent State Advocacy Award

The Kent State Advocacy Award honors alumni who significantly contributed their time and talent to Kent State University or Kent State University Alumni Association on a consistent basis, so as to bring favorable attention to Kent State University. 

Professional Achievement Award 

The Professional Achievement Award pays tribute to the superior achievements of alumni in their chosen field of endeavor.  This award showcases a record of distinguished career achievements, complemented by a history of outstanding contributions to their profession.  

Outstanding New Professional Award 

The Outstanding New Professional Award honors recent graduates by recognizing outstanding achievement in his or her chosen field, in the community, and dedication to Kent State University. This award spotlights the future leaders among KSU alumni who are strong leaders, show continued potential in their chosen field and commitment to the community and Kent State University.  Nominees for this award have obtained their bachelor's degree or advanced degree, consecutively, no more than five years ago.  

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