Alumni Awards

Alumni Awards Nominations

The Alumni Award recognizes individuals who embody Grinnell College’s mission of lifetime learning and service. Nominated by their classmates and peers, recipients have distinguished themselves by their service to their careers, their community, and/or the College.

Alumni Award Nominations are closed for Reunion 2021. The recipients of the 2021 Alumni Awards will be announced in January, 2021. At that time, the nomination form will reopen for future nominations

Current trustees and current Alumni Council members are not eligible for an Alumni Award. Alumni who have served on the Council within the last three years are also not eligible, unless they are celebrating a Reunion beyond their 40th year. Nominations for alumni from non-Reunion classes will be accepted but held until the appropriate Reunion year. Past awardees of the Alumni Award or the Pioneer Award are not eligible to receive the award again. Alumni may only receive the award once in their lifetime.

2020 Alumni Awards

With the cancellation of Reunion 2020, the College is creating different, but meaningful ways to honor the 13 Alumni Award recipients. The 2020 Alumni Award recipients are featured in the Summer 2020 edition of the Grinnell Magazine. In addition, as reunions are rescheduled (whenever possible), the recipients will be honored at their class or cluster celebrations. Golden Reunion recipients were mailed their awards in May.

The 2020 Alumni Award recipients are:

Richard Booth ’54
Joan Fuhrman Jones ’54
Barbara Hunt Moore ’65
Dorothy Dosse Metzler ’66
Delabian Rice-Thurston ’66
Thomas Cech ’70
Merryll Penson ’70

Joel Shapiro ’89
Julia Wulfkuhle ’89
David White ’90
Jacob Willig-Onwuachi ’95
Matheos Mesfin ’14
Silvia Foster-Frau ’15


Read more about our 13 outstanding recipients.

Previous Alumni Award Recipients