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Alumni Merit Awards

The Alumni Merit Awards were established in 1962 by the Alumni Association of Elmhurst University. These awards serve as a means of recognizing three outstanding undergraduate or graduate alumni who provide excellent contributions to society and the University.

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Award Categories

  • Distinguished Service to Society: awarded to alumna or alumnus who demonstrates, the mission of the University through excellence in a field of service—in society, in the marketplace, as a professional, or in an extraordinary leadership role. This honor will be awarded during the Fall Term.
  • Distinguished Service to Alma Mater: awarded to alumna or alumnus who demonstrates, excellence through service to campus life, to students, and to the University as a whole. This honor will be awarded during the Fall Term.
  • Distinguished Young Alumni Award: awarded to a young alumna or alumnus (age 22-32) for outstanding achievement in community service, career accomplishments and/or loyalty to the University. This honor will be awarded during the Fall Term.
  • Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award: awarded to an alumna or alumnus of a graduate program for outstanding achievement in community service, career accomplishments and/or loyalty to the University. This honor will be awarded during the New Graduate Student Reception.

Nomination Form

Nominations for the 2021 Alumni Merit Awards are live. Please submit your nominations by Monday, August 30, 2021.

Nominate a deserving alumna or alumnus via the form below. Make sure to check the box for the award(s) that apply to your nominee. The recipient will be honored at the Founders Recognition Dinner in October.

If you have questions, please email alumni@elmhurst.edu or call (630) 617-3600. Thank you for your submission!

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