Submit a nomination for the 2015 IIT Alumni Awards today.

The deadline for submitting nominations is October 31, 2014.


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.

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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.

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In order to submit a nomination, complete this form or send the nominee's information to Nominations may also be submitted via email or mail to the Office of Alumni Relations. All nomination materials must include contact information for the nominee and nominator and a statement of nomination detailing how the nominee meets the award criteria. Supplemental materials are strongly recommended and may include up to two letters of recommendation, a brief biography of the nominee, a CV or resume detailing the nominee’s accomplishments, and any other materials that you feel will assist the selection committee in its decision. Neither nominators nor those submitting letters of recommendation are required to be IIT alumni. The deadline to submit nominations for the 2015 cycle is October 31, 2014. For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 312.567.5000 or The 2015 Alumni Awards recipients will be selected in December. The awards will be presented at the annual Alumni Awards ceremony and banquet in April 2015.

The 2014 Alumni Awards will be presented on April 25, 2014. Click here for more information or to register.

Alumni Award categories:

Alumni Medal
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.

Alumni Service Award
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.

Collens Merit 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.

Galvin 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.

International Award of Merit
The International Award of Merit recognizes an individual whose achievements have strengthened IIT's reputation on an international scale.

The John J. Schommer Honor I Award
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.

Lifetime Achievement 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.

Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna 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.

Professional Achievement 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:

  • Membership in peer-elected professional organizations marking the highest level of achievement in a given industry
  • Industry awards and special recognition received
  • Leadership positions held
  • Significant success and/or accomplishment by the individual in the chosen field 

Completed nominations will be held as active and considered for selection for 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.

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