Alumni Awards

2017 Alumni Awards

The Grinnell College Alumni Council selected ten alumni who received Alumni Awards at the College’s 2017 Reunion in June. The Alumni Award recognizes individuals who embody Grinnell College’s mission of lifetime learning and service. Recipients distinguished themselves by their service to their careers, their community, and/or the College.

Bill Ingram ’53
Judy Wise Bond ’58
Margaret Megorden Bailly ’67
Jay Greener ’67
Billy Strean ’86

Dawn Helsing Wolters ’87
Sarah Jolie ’87
Christopher A. Wilde ’88
Jeffrey Shook ’92

The Pioneer Award is a distinctive Alumni Award which recognizes noteworthy alumni who have graduated from Grinnell College within the past ten years. These honorees offer inspiration as models for their demonstrated commitment to the values and mission of Grinnell in such a short time. In 2017, the Pioneer Award was presented to:

  • Graciela Guzman ’11

Learn more about each of our 2017 Alumni Award recipients.

Alumni Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 2018 Alumni Awards are now open. Please use our online nomination form to nominate an alum from the 2018 Reunion classes.

Reunion 2018 classes will be:

  • 70th Reunion Classes (1947, 1948, 1949, 1950)
  • 55th Reunion Classes (1963, 1964)
  • 50th Reunion Class (1968)
  • 45th Reunion Classes (1972, 1973, 1974)
  • 40th Reunion Class (1977, 1978)
  • 25th Reunion Class (1993)
  • 20th Reunion Classes (1997, 1998, 1999)
  • 10th Reunion Class (2008)

Nominations can be submitted during any year, not just during your Reunion year. Nominations received will be kept until the nominee's next Reunion and will be available to the selection committee for two consecutive Reunion cycles in which the nominee is eligible for an award. If you would like to update a previously submitted nomination, please call the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 866-850-1846 (toll-free) or email us at

Current trustees and current Alumni Council members are not eligible for an Alumni Award. Nominations for alumni from non-Reunion classes will be accepted but held until the appropriate Reunion year. Alumni who have received a Pioneer Award in the past are not eligible for an Alumni Award.

Previous Alumni Award Recipients