Alumni Awards

We are now accepting nominations for 2016 Alumni Awards.  

§ Click here for the online Alumni Awards nomination form
§ Nominations can be submitted at any time, not just during your Reunion year. Nominations received will be kept unitl the nominee's next Reunion, and will be available for the slection committee for two consecutive Reunion cycles in which the nominee is eligible for an award. If you would like to update a previously submitted nomiation, please call the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (866) 850-1846 (toll-free), or email us at

§ We are no longer accepting nominations for 2015. 

§ The Grinnell College Alumni Council will recognize deserving alumni from classes invited to attend the 136th Annual Alumni Reunion, May 29-31, 2015. The Award is presented to those alumni who best exemplify the Grinnell spirit by their service to the College, their professional accomplishment, or their community service. 

§ Current trustees and current Alumni Council members are not eligible for an Alumni Award. Nominations for alumni from non-reunion classes will be accepted but held until the appropriate Reunion year. Alumni who have received a Pioneer Award in the past are not eligible for an Alumni Award.


Marilyn McCool Hampton ’44
With this year’s Reunion, Marilyn McCool Hampton ’44 celebrates 71 years since her graduation from Grinnell College. Over the past 70 years, Marilyn has devoted her time to Grinnell tirelessly, volunteering as a class agent and a class fund director and serving on her class committee. She is also an Asa Turner Associate.

Roberta (Bobette) Brown Sanders ’45 
Bobette Brown Sanders ‘45 is honored both for her capacity to demonstrate leadership as a woman in professional life, at a time when that did not often happen, and as a devoted volunteer for the College. Currently, she serves as class agent for three classes.
Thomas K. Marshall '55 (posthumous)
Thomas Marshall ’55 was a committed volunteer for the town of Grinnell and for the College for many years. His work as vice president for the development office of Grinnell College helped strengthen fundraising and alumni connections across generations of Grinnellians.
Nancy Norris Ross '56
Nancy Norris Ross ‘56 is honored for her work as a volunteer for many nonprofits, including Grinnell College. She has served her communities politically and socially, and, for more than 50 years, she has had an impact on every community she has touched.

Michael (Mick) W. Hager '65
After earning a degree in biology from Grinnell, Mick Hager ’65 went on to pursue a Ph.D. and become director of the Museum of the Rockies. He has been an advocate for conservation and protecting our lands and their stories. He is honored for his advocacy on behalf of our wild places.

Paul H. Patterson, Jr. '65 (deceased)
Paul Patterson. Jr. ’65 received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University and went on to teach at several prestigious institutions. His research in neurobiology is widely regarded as some of the brightest hope for our understanding of neurological diseases such as Alzheimers. 

Diane F. Alters '71
Through her exceptional work as a journalist, Diane Alters ‘71 has worked for several high-profile news organizations across the country. Diane’s own story, however, changed when her son, Mando Montaño ’12, passed away while working as an intern in Mexico City. Diane has honored this great loss by finding ways to support the work of Grinnell alumni journalists.  

Jean M. Kummerow '71
Jean Kummerow '71 graduated from Grinnell and went on to earn a Ph.D. 
in counseling and student personnel psycholog from the University of Minnesota. She has become one of the world’s foremost experts on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. In addition, Jean volunteers for a health crisis support center and is an active Grinnell volunteer.
Sam Perlman '90
Sam Perlman was an active student while on campus. He has continued to be active on Grinnell campus since his graduation, volunteering as the class agent, on the class committee, and as president of the Alumni Council. He is honored for his ability to build strong communities.
Alison N. Beckman '96
After graduating from Grinnell, Alison Beckman '96 earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. Alison has worked for over 10 years with torture victims from all over the world, helping them to heal. At the same time, she strives to inform the world of this tragedy while sharing tools on how others can help with this important work.


§ 2014 Alumni Award Recipients

§ 2013 Alumni Award Recipients

§ 2012 Alumni Award Recipients
§ All Previous Alumni Award Recipients (PDF)

The Alumni Council each year honors two seniors who have distinguished themselves through their donations of time and talent to the College, community, and fellow students.
Read more information and complete our online nomination form

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