Alumni Awards

2021 Alumni Awards

The 2021 Alumni Award recipients are:

  • Frances Gray ’71
  • Sheena Brown Thomas ’71
  • Sally Campbell-Galman ’96
  • Sabrina Eagan ’96
  • Rev. Jake Joseph ’11

Read more about our 5 outstanding recipients.

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.

Nominations for Alumni Awards for the classes of 1952, 1961-1962, 1972, 1975–77, 1986–88, 1997, 2000–02, and 2006–08 are currently being sought. The deadline for nominations for 2022 Alumni Award is August 31.

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. 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.

Previous Alumni Award Recipients