Nominations for the 2021 Alumni Awards are now closed. The Alumni Board deliberates in Fall and will contact nominators and Award Winners in early November. Alumni Award Winners will be honored during Reunion 2021.

If you have questions about the awards or a recent submission, please contact the Alumni Office at or call 651-696-6295.

Each year, the Macalester College Alumni Board recognizes alumni who exemplify Macalester values through their leadership, achievement and active involvement with their local community. Throughout the years, Alumni Award winners have been lawyers, activists, and humanitarians. They have mentored underrepresented high school students in college access programs, served in the Peace Corps, and done public health work all around the world. They have worked tirelessly with the United Nations, NAACP, the League of Women Voters, local government, and faith communities around the country and the world.

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.