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At a Glance

Alumni Awards

The UIndy Alumni Association Honors & Recognition Committee recognizes many of our outstanding alumni and friends annually through the following awards. If you would like to nominate someone for these highly regarded awards, please review the criteria and select the appropriate category. Typically, these awards are presented on Homecoming Weekend. See past award winners  ►

Distinguished Alumni Award


Recognizes outstanding professional accomplishments or long-standing devoted service in a chosen occupation or profession. The level of accomplishment or service must clearly distinguish the alumnus or alumna among his or her peers. 


Criteria: The individual must have rendered service to others in such a direct and profound manner as to have materially improved the quality of life for others over a significant period of time or achieved and sustained a significant regional or national reputation for accomplishments and service in a particular profession. Submit nomination ►

Distinguished Faculty/Staff Alumni Award


Recognizes current faculty or staff who are alumni and who have demonstrated consistent dedication and superior service at the University.


Criteria: Award nominees must be University of Indianapolis alumni currently employed as faculty or staff—full-time, part-time, or adjunct. They must demonstrate a commitment to the University's mission, "Education for Service," and show a record of outstanding contributions to their profession. These contributions may or may not have come during their University tenure, but must reflect highly on the University. Submit nomination ►

Distinguished Young Alumni Award


Recognizes and honors an alumnus and/or alumna of the University who, while still relatively young, has made outstanding contributions to his or her community.


Criteria: Nominees for this award must be graduates of the University, be 35 years of age or younger, demonstrate commitment to the University's mission of "Education for Service," be outstanding in their profession, and/or have made outstanding contributions to their community. Submit nomination ►

Gene & Joanne Sease Award


Gene and Joanne Sease have exemplified the type of commitment, as a couple, to the University of Indianapolis that the Alumni Association wants to honor and recognize annually. Over a significant period of time, the Seases, and others like them, have given the University gifts of time, talent and treasure. The Association has established this award to recognize these contributions.


Criteria: To be a recipient of this award, at least one person in the couple must be a graduate of the University of Indianapolis, with the spouse being a strong supporter of this institution in a significant and continuing manner as outlined above. Submit nomination ►

Harvey M. Showalter Future Alumni Award


Recognizes one graduating student who embodies the spirit of the late Harvey M. Showalter '41. Throughout his life, Harvey M. Showalter lived the University's motto "Education for Service" in serving the University, both as a student and an alumnus, and in serving the community in many forms of volunteer leadership.

Criteria: Students nominated for this award should be in good academic standing and eligible to participate in the upcoming commencement. Further qualifications include status as an undergraduate or a graduate student; a GPA of 3.0 or higher; leadership in at least two or more co-curricular activities; and actions that embody Harvey M. Showalter's legacy of service to his alma mater as an active volunteer and leader. Students may be nominated by University faculty, staff members, alumnus/a, or fellow students. Submit nomination ►

Honorary Alumni Award


Recognizes and honors those individuals who, although not graduates of the University of Indianapolis, have clearly demonstrated their commitment to the University over a significant period of time.


Criteria: The individual(s) must have demonstrated a sincere interest and dedication to the University and have served or been involved with the institution in a continuing and significant manner. Submit nomination ►

Education for Service Award 

Recognizes an alumnus or alumna whose life work has exemplified a fulfillment of the philosophy underlying the University’s motto “Education for Service.”

Criteria: The individual must have rendered a lifetime of service to others in such a direct and profound manner as to have materially improved the quality of life for others over a significant period of time without regard to the acquisition of prior acclaim or fortune. Submit nomination ►