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Awards Presented by The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University Alumni Association's awards program celebrates more than 50 years of excellence by honoring alumni and others who have brought extraordinary credit to Ohio State. We invite you to nominate qualified candidates for an Ohio State Alumni award. Visit the Ohio State Alumni Awards page to nominate someone or to view past winners.

Ralph Davenport Mershon Award for service to Ohio State

The Mershon Award is presented to alumni who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to The Ohio State University. No more than three individuals will be selected in any one year for this award.

Please consider the following areas when submitting your nomination:

  • Leadership and service to The Ohio State University
  • Membership in the Alumni Association
  • Service to the Alumni Association

William Oxley Thompson Award for early career achievement

The Thompson Alumni Award for early career achievement is presented to young alumni who have demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career, civic involvement or both. Nominees must not reach their 36th birthday during the year in which the award is to be given. No more than three individuals will be selected in any one year for this award.

Please consider the following areas when submitting your nomination:

  • Career achievements
  • Civic involvement
  • Age 35 or younger

Robert M. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award for community service

The Robert M. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award is presented to alumni who have distinguished themselves in service to humanity and who have best exemplified the university's motto, "Education for Citizenship," by having performed significant voluntary service to their community beyond the call of business or professional duty. No more than three individuals will be selected in any one year for this award.

Please consider the following areas when submitting your nomination:

  • Service to humanity
  • Service to community¬†

Professional Achievement Award for career achievement

The Professional Achievement Award is presented to alumni who have superb records of distinguished career accomplishments and who have made outstanding contributions to their professions. No more than three individuals will be selected in any one year for this award.

Please consider the following areas when submitting your nomination:

  • Career accomplishments
  • Professional impact
  • Significant publications/research (primary authorship)-no more than five, please
  • Community service
2013

Shyama P. Chakroborty

Dan L. Heinlen Award for university advocacy

The Heinlen Award for university advocacy is presented to those who have realized outstanding achievements in advocating the interests of the university with one or more of its important publics. It recognizes such achievement in activities ranging from student and faculty recruitment to advocacy with elected officials and opinion leaders on behalf of Ohio State. No more than one individual will be selected in any one year for this award.

Please consider the following areas when submitting your nomination:

  • Outstanding advocacy for The Ohio State University with key constituent groups, for example:
  • Elected officials
  • University leadership/administration
  • Recruitment of faculty and/or students

Josephine Sitterle Failer Award for volunteer service to students

The Failer Award for volunteer service to students is presented to those whose voluntary personal involvement has enhanced the quality of student life at the university. No more than three individuals will be selected in any one year for this award.

Please consider the following areas when submitting your nomination:

  • Service to students
  • Service to Ohio State
  • If nominees are current university employees, you must demonstrate that they have gone above and beyond their assigned job duties.

Alumni Medalist Award for national or international career development

The Alumni Medalist Award for national or international career achievement is the single highest honor accorded by The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc. It is presented to alumni who have gained national or international distinction as outstanding exponents of a chosen field or profession and who have brought extraordinary credit to the university and significant benefit to humankind. Only one award may be presented annually, and the Medalist may be selected from among nominees in this or any other award category. No more than one individual will be selected per year. Current members of the board of directors of The Ohio State University Alumni Association are not eligible for this award.

Please consider the following areas when submitting your nomination:

  • Career achievements
  • Service to humanity
  • Service to the community
  • National or international distinction
  • Professional impact
  • Membership in the Alumni Association
  • Participation in alumni activities

Diversity Champion Award

The award honors alumni who have made a significant and sustained contribution that fosters diversity and inclusion in their broader community and/or organization; recognizing and respecting the value of individual differences such as race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran or military service status, gender identity, economic status, political belief, marital status or social background. Successful nominees should exhibit one or more of the criteria below:

  • Cultivates and promotes diverse initiatives that establish and foster a more inclusive and equitable¬†community
  • Demonstrates outstanding efforts to promote an environment free from bias and discrimination
  • Works beyond their organization to advance the cause of diversity through outreach efforts
  • Has demonstrated broad and deep impact on increasing the inclusivity of their communities