College of Business Awards for Alumni and Friends
These awards are given annually by the College of Business at the ISU Alumni Association all-university Honors and Awards Ceremony at Homecoming each fall.
For nomination information, please contact the College of Business.
Citation of Achievement Award
Established in 1985, this award honors distinguished alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in life beyond the campus.
Russ and Ann Gerdin Award
Established in 2009 to honor contributions from valuable corporate partners or individuals who are not College of Business graduates. The award honors Russ and Ann Gerdin, who made the lead gift for the Gerdin Business Building. Neither attended Iowa State.
John D. DeVries Service Award
Established in 1985 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the College of Business.
ISU Alumni Association Awards
Unless otherwise noted, these awards are conferred at the ISUAA all-university Honors and Awards Ceremony at Homecoming each fall.
Alumni Medal | Learn more
Recognizes alumni for long, loyal, and outstanding service to the university through alumni-related activities.
Alumni Merit Award | Learn more
Recognizes alumni for outstanding contributions to human welfare that transcend purely professional accomplishments and bring honor to the university.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award | Learn more
Recognizes alumni aged 40 and under who have excelled in their professions and provided service to their communities.
James A. Hopson Alumni Volunteer Award | Learn more
Recognizes alumni aged 40 and under who demonstrate early volunteer leadership in the ISU Alumni Association or alumni-related activities and who are members of the ISU Alumni Association.
Impact Award | Learn more
Recognizes an individual, business, organization, or unit whose programs or accomplishments brought broad recognition to the university and increased the involvement of ISU constituents in the life of the university during the year prior to being nominated.
Alumni Service Award | Learn more
The Iowa State University Alumni Association established this award in 2006 to recognize ISU alumni whose self-initiated activities and service consistently support the daily work of the ISU Alumni Association in further connecting alumni, students, and friends to the university. Up to three awards are granted annually.
ISUAA Superior Service to Alumni Award | Learn more
The Iowa State University Alumni Association established this award in 2003 to recognize an ISU faculty or staff member who has demonstrated a commitment to establishing or furthering alumni relationships with the university. Candidates need not be ISU graduates, but must be current employees of the university at the time of award conferment.
This award is a combination of two previous awards: The Superior Service Award and the Faculty Citation.
Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award | Learn more
Awarded at the University’s Student Scholars and Leaders Ceremony each spring. Recognizes outstanding seniors who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community activities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni.
Distinguished Achievement Award | Learn more
Presented at the Distinguished Awards Celebration each spring. This is the highest honor given to alumni by Iowa State University through the ISU Alumni Association. It honors ISU alumni who are nationally and/or internationally recognized for preeminent contributions to their professions or life’s work.
Honorary Alumni Award | Learn more
Presented at the Distinguished Awards Celebration each spring. This is the highest honor given by Iowa State University through the ISU Alumni Association to individuals who are not graduates of Iowa State University and who have made significant contributions to Iowa State’s welfare, reputation, prestige, and pursuit of excellence.
ISU Foundation Order of the Knoll Awards
Presented at the Distinguished Awards Celebration each spring.
Order of the Knoll Campanile Award | Learn more
Awarded to an individual or couple who has/have demonstrated exceptional loyalty and commitment to Iowa State University and the ISU Foundation through leadership gifts, significant service and membership in the Order of the Knoll W.M. Beardshear Society.
Order of the Knoll Cardinal and Gold Award | Learn more
Awarded to an individual or couple who have demonstrated dedicated and long-term service and creative leadership to Iowa State University and the ISU Foundation. Individuals are selected for their significant involvement in community, state, national and/or international organizations and causes that clearly indicate the willingness to serve others and make a difference.
Order of the Knoll Corporate and Foundation Award | Learn more
Awarded to a corporation or foundation that has demonstrated generosity to Iowa State University and the ISU Foundation for leadership gifts, corporate representation on college advisory committees and assist students and faculty through internships and research programs.
Order of the Knoll Faculty/Staff Award | Learn more
Awarded to an individual or couple employed by or retired from Iowa State University who has/have brought distinction to the university, its students, programs or research significantly beyond the expectations of the position(s) held.
Order of the Knoll Emerging Philanthropist Award | Learn more
Recognizes individuals or couples who, at age 50 or younger, have provided philanthropic support and creative leadership to the Iowa State University Foundation and Iowa State University through the advancement of philanthropy. Those being nominated should support the university through their personal philanthropy as well as provide service to the university by promoting fundraising.