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.

Classes that will be celebrating their Reunion in 2021 are: 1951 (70th), 1971 (50th), 1996 (25th), 2011 (10th). Alumni from these classes are eligible to receive the 2021 Alumni Award.

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. Alumni who have received a Pioneer Award in the past are not eligible for an Alumni Award.

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