Alumni Awards and Recognition

Alumni awards
Above: 2020 Award Recipients (back row left to right) Carol Kerins, Carolyn Berning, Bruce Strom (for Lois Strom); front row left to right) Karen Fifer, Dr. Janice Spears, Nina Burleigh, Marilyn Lawler

Alumni Awards

Every year, the University of Illinois has honored outstanding UIS graduates and friends with the Alumni Achievement, Alumni Humanitarian, Distinguished Service, and Loyalty awards. We invite you to learn more about these awards and to nominate someone deserving today for the University of Illinois Springfield Alumni Awards.


Open Call for Nominations Now Through March 31, 2021

The UIS Alumni Board is seeking nominations for alumni awards now through March 31, 2021. Nominations are being accepted for: Alumni Achievement Award, Alumni Distinguished Service Award, Alumni Humanitarian Award and Loyalty Award for Exceptional Alumni Service.

Follow the links below for each corresponding award to review criteria and submit an online nomination form. If you have any questions, please email advancement@uis.edu or call 217-206-6058.

Alumni Achievement Award

Purpose: The Alumni Achievement Award, established in 1957, is the highest honor bestowed upon alumni of the University of Illinois. The award is presented to those alumni who have attained outstanding success and national or international distinction in their chosen profession or life’s work, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to their alma mater.

Learn more about Alumni Achievement Award criteria and instructions for nomination.

Alumni Distinguished Service Award

Purpose: Established in 1972, this honor has been bestowed upon alumni, faculty, staff or friends of the University of Illinois by the University. The honor is given to those individuals who have consistently demonstrated extraordinary commitment, dedication and service to the advancement of the University of Illinois.

Learn more about Alumni Distinguished Service Award criteria and instructions for nomination.

Alumni Humanitarian Award

Purpose: Established in 2001, this honor is bestowed upon alumni of the University of Illinois of each respective University. The award is presented to those alumni who, through their outstanding involvement and dedication, have made a significant contribution of leadership or service which has improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on, or bring honor to, their alma mater.

Learn more about Alumni Humanitarian Award criteria and instructions for nomination.

Loyalty Award for Exceptional Alumni Service

Purpose: Established in 1957, this award has been bestowed upon alumni of the University of Illinois who have made significant, notable and meritorious contributions, and who have consistently demonstrated exceptional loyalty, commitment, dedication and service to the University for the advancement of their alma mater.

Learn more about Loyalty Award for Exceptional Alumni Service criteria and instructions for nomination.

Student Leadership Award

The UIS Alumni Board has the privilege of honoring exceptional graduating students for their volunteer contributions as leaders of student societies, groups and organizations at UIS. The UIS Alumni Board sponsors this recognition program and would appreciate your assistance in identifying deserving individuals on campus. Nominees are undergraduate, graduate or doctoral students who received their degrees in summer or fall, or who are candidates for graduation in May. Nominees should have demonstrated exceptional leadership through their involvement in campus and/or student organizations. Leadership may be exemplified through an officer or chair position, or outstanding loyalty and commitment by a person whose actions inspire others. The leadership that is recognized can span an entire academic career or be more limited in scope.