The Marygrove College Distinguished Alumni Awards were established in 2002 to recognize and honor alumni of distinction. These awards celebrate Marygrove’s ideals of competence, commitment and compassion. The Distinguished Alumni of Tomorrow acknowledges a junior or senior with high academic achievement who shows potential for living the Marygrove ideals.

Award Criteria/Nomination Form

The Marygrove College Distinguished Alumni Awards are honors bestowed by Marygrove College and the Marygrove College Alumni Association. These awards have been established to recognize and honor alumni who have distinguished themselves and their alma mater.

All living Marygrove College alumni (those who have earned undergraduate or graduate degrees) are eligible for this award. Alumni, family, friends, co-workers, faculty, staff and students may submit nominations. Self-nominations are accepted. The Alumni Association Advisory Council will review nominations and select the award recipients.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards celebrate the ideals of competence (the ability to understand and participate effectively in the promise of our evolving world), compassion (the capacity to care about and respect the worth and dignity of people), and commitment (the will to act responsibly based upon one’s beliefs and to contribute to the building of a more just and humane world), qualities that Marygrove has always tried to instill in its graduates. These awards honor graduates who have made significant contributions and demonstrated leadership in any of the following areas:

  1. Professional, educational or artistic endeavors
  2. The community through government service and/or civic organizations (such as Lions Club, City Planning Commissions, government committees, etc.)
  3. Political action, social justice or volunteer activities in schools, hospitals, etc.
  4. Marygrove College

Based on the number of qualified applicants, up to six awards will be given annually. For one of these awards, special consideration will be given to alums who graduated within the last 15 years. All nominations will remain on file and will be reconsidered for two consecutive years.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented on Friday, September 19, 2014, at a special recognition event during Homecoming weekend. Information on past award recipients can be found at

Please make your nomination using the enclosed form and include the required documentation.

Nominations are due no later than May 31, 2014.

pdf Distinguished Alumni Nomination Form 

Alumni Relations Contact Information

For more information, contact Janice Machusak, Director of Alumni Relations/Alumni Annual Giving at (313) 927-1443 or