Kent State Alumni Awards


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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 Alumni Association, the Alumni Awards are highly prestigious honors presented to alumni and one student in just six categories each year. Nominate alumni or students by Feb. 26.

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2022 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

Raj Aggarwal, MBA ’70, DBA ’75


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Distinguished Citizen Award

Kathryn M. Tschiegg, ’92, RN


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Professional Achievement Award

Gary P. Jacobson, Ph.D. ’78

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Professional Achievement Award

Robert C. Lape, ’55


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Kent State Advocacy Award

Howard Ruffner, ’71


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Outstanding New Professional Award

Brenna Parker, 17


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Golden Flash Award

Hannah Balash, ’21


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View past Alumni Award recipients