What are the Macalester Alumni Awards?


Alumni Awards are one way by which the Macalester community comes together to honor alumni who best exemplify our college's values. The awards have been given annually to Macalester alumni since 1949 and the tradition continues today under the leadership of the Alumni Board Nominations Committee. All alumni, staff, faculty, and friends of the college are welcome to submit nominations.


Alumni nominations are accepted for four categories of alumni awards: the Catharine Lealtad ’15 Service to Society Award, the Charles J. Turck Global Citizen Award, the Distinguished Citizen Award, and the Young Alumni Award. The Alumni Service Award recipient is nominated by Macalester staff. 

Every year, we count on you to tell us which alumni deserve to be honored by Macalester with an Alumni Award. To submit a nomination, view the description, criteria, and nomination form for each of the categories online here.

2017 Alumni Awards

We will be honoring our 2017 Alumni Award winners at Breakfast with Brian on Saturday, June 3 during Reunion 2017. This years winners are: 

  • Distinguished Citizens: Edwin Andersen '57, Yuko Nii '65, Dziwe Ntaba '95, Paul Schendel '67,
    and Gail Mastenbrook Schoenfelder '67
  • Alumni Service Award: Julie Lehnhoff Zhu '97
  • Young Alumnus of the Year: Ben Pederson '07
  • Catharine Lealtad '15 Service to Society Award: Michael Curry '91
  • Charles J. Turck Global Citizen Award: Jane Lucas '67

Breakfast with Brian is at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 in the Alumni Gymnasium, Leonard Center. This is a ticketed event and you can register to attend online here

More information about our 2017 award recipients coming soon.