Alumni Awards

Every October, the University of Illinois Alumni Association honors outstanding UIC graduates with the Alumni Achievement, Alumni Humanitarian and Distinguished Service awards. Other awards are presented throughout the year. Here is a complete list of awards, past recipients and instructions on how to nominate someone for recognition.

  • Alumni Achievement Award (Est. 1957)

    The highest honor bestowed upon alumni by the University of Illinois Alumni Association on behalf 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.

  • Alumni Humanitarian Award (Est. 2001)

    Bestowed upon alumni by the University of Illinois Alumni Association on behalf of the University of Illinois. The award is presented to alumni who, through their outstanding professional contributions and/or volunteer leadership, have significantly improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity on a national or international scale.

  • Constituent Leadership Award (Est. 1984)

    This award recognizes the alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and/or special efforts in the organization, management and support of a constituent alumni association (college, school or department alumni association).

  • Distinguished Service Award (Est. 1972)

    Bestowed upon alumni, faculty, staff and friends by the UI Alumni Association on behalf of the University. The award is presented to individuals or couples whose consistent, exceptional and meritorious service to the University of Illinois has made a significant impact on the institution’s overall welfare and the advancement of its mission.

  • Lou Liay Spirit Award (Est. 1997)

    Bestowed upon alumni by the University of Illinois Alumni Association on behalf of the University of Illinois. The award is presented to those who have consistently demonstrated extraordinary spirit and pride in support of the University, the Alumni Association, and related organizations, exemplifying a positive image of their Alma Mater while inspiring loyalty and pride in their fellow alumni. The award is named after Lou Liay, EDM ’62, executive director of the UI Alumni Association from 1983-1998.