Awards Programs


The Purdue Alumni Association honors outstanding graduates by a number of awards.



Boilermaker Pride Award

Established in 2005, this award was introduced to recognize a club leader who has contributed time and service to the alumni club program and the Purdue Alumni Association over a significant period of time. Nominations are due each May 1 and require a one-page summary of the nominee's service. Requirements include current or previous service as a club officer and being a current Purdue Alumni member. A plaque is presented to recipients each fall during Homecoming weekend at the Celebration Dinner. Also, a nameplate is added to the plaque in the Alumni Association office.

Special Boilermaker Award

Established in 1981, the Special Boilermaker Award honors a member of the Purdue faculty or staff who has contributed significantly to improving the quality of life and/or bettering the educational experience for a substantial number of Purdue students. Purdue students, alumni, faculty, or staff may make nominations. Nominations are due June 1 of each year. Winners are selected by a five-to-seven-person committee. A special memento is presented and a nameplate is added to a plaque in the Alumni Association office, as well as a kiosk located in the Engineering Mall.

Young Alumni Award

Established in 1999, the award honors a person age 35 or younger who has given outstanding service to the University, the Purdue Alumni Association, or local alumni club(s), as well as citizenship activities. Anyone may nominate a candidate using a form provided in the Purdue Alumnus or on our website. Nominations are accepted from March–June 1 each year. A plaque is presented to recipients each fall during Homecoming weekend at the Celebration Dinner. Also, a nameplate is added to the plaque in the Alumni Association office.




Past Awards

  • See a list of past Alumni Citizenship Award recipients.
  • See a list of past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.
  • See a list of past Alumni Service Award recipients.