Current Alumni Award Recipients

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Kent State University recognizes and honors alumni who, through leadership, character and hard work, have made exceptional contributions in their chosen profession, in their communities and at Kent State. Sponsored by the Kent State University Alumni Association, the Alumni Awards are highly prestigious honors, given to just six alumni and one student each year. 

2021 Alumni Award Recipients

Kent State is proud to recognize these esteemed recipients, who exude excellence and represent the best of Kent State and their communities in all they do. 

Distinguished Alumni Award

Beverley Laubert, ’84

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Distinguished Citizen Award

James Luther Raper, ’79, CRNP, Ph.D., JD

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Professional Achievement Award

Colonel (ret) David H. Carstens, ’88

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Professional Achievement Award

Richard E. Breedon, ’77, Ph.D.

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Kent State Advocacy Award

Robert E. Ross, ’70

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Kent State Advocacy Award

Michael John Gallagher II, ’19

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Outstanding New Professional Award

Gordon Stumpo, MA ’16

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Golden Flash Award

Tiarra Monae' Reddick, ’21

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View past Alumni Award recipients   

The nomination period for the 2022 awards cycle will open later this fall. The application link and deadline will be listed on this page when they become available.

You can also check out award criteria and descriptions below. 

Alumni Award Descriptions Student Award Description