Nominations for the 2015 Alumni Awards are now closed. The nomination deadline for the 2016 Alumni Awards is October 31, 2015.
Since 1946, Alumni Awards have been presented to IIT's most accomplished, innovative, and influential alumni. Alumni Awards winners add to IIT's rich history of visionaries who make the IIT community proud. View past winners.
Each year Alumni Awards are presented in nine categories, detailed below. The opportunity to honor alumni from around the world would not be possible without the assistance of the greater IIT community. Please let us know when you encounter an alumnus or alumna who has made a remarkable contribution to society, IIT, or his or her profession and nominate him or her for an Alumni Award. Click on the appropriate award name below to submit a nomination electronically.
Complete one of the nomination forms below or send your responses to email@example.com. Nominations may also be submitted via email or mail to the Office of Alumni Relations. All nominations must consist of a completed nomination form. Additionally, nominations may include up to two letters of recommendation and a brief biography, CV or resume detailing the nominee’s accomplishments. Neither nominators nor those submitting letters of recommendation are required to be IIT alumni. Nominations for the 2015 Alumni Awards are now closed. The nomination deadline for the 2016 Alumni Awards is October 31, 2015. For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.IIT.ALUM (800.448.2586). The 2015 Alumni Awards recipients will be selected in December, and the awards will be presented at the annual Alumni Awards ceremony and banquet on April 24, 2015.
Awarded to recognize distinguished service to the university by alumni who have displayed the qualities of the Collens Merit Award, Alumni Service Award, and Professional Achievement Award. This is the highest honor bestowed by the IIT Alumni Association. Submit a nomination for the Alumni Medal.
Awarded to an individual who demonstrates continuous, selfless commitment to and devoted enthusiasm for the university through involvement in various areas of the university including, but not limited to, recruitment, support, service, and leadership. Submit a nomination for the Alumni Service Award.
Awarded to an individual nominated by the staff and/or faculty who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the future of IIT through philanthropic contributions paired with involvement in his or her gift. Submit a nomination for the Collens Merit Award.
The Galvin Award was established for IIT to honor non-alumni for their leadership and dedication. This award recognizes an individual whose service, leadership, and philanthropy have significantly advanced the university. Submit a nomination for the Galvin Award.
The International Award of Merit recognizes an individual whose achievements have strengthened IIT's reputation on an international scale. Submit a nomination for the International Award of Merit.
The John J. Schommer Honor I Award is awarded to alumni who excelled in both leadership and performance as student athletes at Illinois Institute of Technology and who also exemplify the ideals of the Professional Achievement Award. Submit a nomination for the John J. Schommer Honor I Award.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed posthumously on an individual who has recently passed away and who, during his or her life, achieved personal success, made an outstanding contribution to his or her chosen field of endeavor, and achieved recognition by his or her colleagues. Submit a nomination for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Awarded to an individual age 40 or younger who has advanced rapidly over the course of his or her career and has displayed significant achievement in the areas of leadership and professional success. Submit a nomination for the Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna Award.
The Professional Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievement in any professional field. This award honors alumni whose achievements in their fields have brought distinction to themselves as well as credit to the university. Recipients will have achieved great success as recognized by any or all of the following qualities:
Submit a nomination for the Professional Achievement Award.
Completed nominations will be held as active and considered for selection for a total of three consecutive years should they not be selected the year they are submitted. Nominators are welcome to update nominations each year. If a nomination is not selected after three years of eligibility, an updated nomination will be required in order for it to continue to be considered for selection.
All Alumni Awards recipients are selected by a volunteer sub-committee of the Alumni Board of Directors that includes previous Alumni Awards winners. All winners must be approved by the IIT president as well as the IIT Alumni Association Board.
Current IIT employees are not eligible to win Alumni Awards.
The number of awards bestowed may change from year to year based on the selection committee's votes. If the committee decides there are no qualified candidates in a given category, it may elect to pass on bestowing that award until the next year.
The selection committee may also elect to change the category of a nomination and consider it for a different category than that in which it was submitted. If the nomination is selected as a winner after changing categories, the nominator will be consulted before the award is finalized in order to verify that the change is appropriate.