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The Penn State Alumni Association is committed to recognizing alumni from across the academic spectrum, especially those from diverse backgrounds and those who are making a positive impact to ensure a truly diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution. For details about the University's commitment to diversity, visit

Information on each award, nomination procedures, and past recipients is found in each category:

Individual Awards

Honorary Alumni Award, Alumni Fellow Award, Distinguished Alumni Award, Alumni Achievement Award, K. David Weidner Diversity Award, Friend of Penn State Legislative Award, Joan M. McLane Recent Alumna/Alumnus Award, Kay and Ernie Salvino Volunteer of the Year Award, Philip Philip Mitchell Alumni Service Award, Outstanding Alumni Council Member Award. 

Volunteer Group Awards

The Volunteer Group Awards program seeks to recognize all types of alumni groups--chapters, interest groups, program groups, and societies--for outstanding achievement in the following areas: Fellowship and Networking, Fundraising, Joint Activity, Membership, Outstanding Service Project, New Innovative Event or Program, Professional Development, Scholarship Development, Student Interaction, and Young Alumni Involvement. 

Faculty/Staff Awards

Teaching Fellow Award and the Dr. James Robinson Equal Opportunity Award. 

Groups of Distinction

Chapters and AIGs offer a variety of programming opportunities to their members. The Alumni Association recognizes those groups who offer a wide breadth of activities each fiscal year in 15 different categories at three distinct levels. To view a list of Group of Distinction recipients, click here.

Awards Timeline

For more information, call 800–548–LION (5466) or e-mail



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