Founders Day

To commemorate the founding of the University of Utah in 1850, the Alumni Association each year recognizes alumni and honorary alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally, served the local and national communities, and supported the university in its mission. The annual distinguished and honorary alumni awards, along with honorary degrees, are the highest honor awarded by the University of Utah. Learn about the 2017 honorees here. The 2017 gala is Friday, March 3 at Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. RSVP and learn more here.

~ To nominate someone for a 2018 Founders Day Distinguished Alumnus/a Award, click here.
~ To nominate someone for a 2018 Founders Day Honorary Alumnus/a Award, click here.

List of past Distinguished and Honorary Alumni awardees

~ To nominate someone who graduated within the past 15 years for the 2018 Founders Day Distinguished Young Alumnus/a Award (formerly known as the Par Excellence Award), click here.

List of past Distinguished Young Alumni awardees


Merit of Honor

Since 1971, the Alumni Association's Emeritus Alumni Board has recognized former University of Utah students with the prestigious Merit of Honor Award. This recognition is for students who attended the university 40 or more years ago (or who are age 65 or better) and who have given distinguished service to their profession, the university, and/or the nation. The 2016 Merit of Honor was held in November. Learn more here.

~ To nominate someone for a 2017 Merit of Honor award, click here.

List of past recipients


Spring Awards

Each spring, the Alumni Association recognizes an exceptional student adviser, our Lowell Bennion service fellows, and the deserving recipients of many of our $600,000 in scholarships. The 2016 Spring Awards gala was held in April. Learn more about the banquet here.

Philip and Miriam Perlman Award: The Alumni Association recognizes a faculty or staff member with the Philip and Miriam Perlman Excellence in Student Counseling Award for his/her dedication to students in helping them steer a successful course through their studies at the University.

~ To nominate someone for the 2017 Perlman Award, click here.

List of past recipients


Chapter Awards

The Alumni Association recognizes outstanding chapters and individual volunteers with annual awards. Chapters are recognized for their excellence overall and specifically the quality of their programming, scholarship fundraising, and member participation. Individual chapter volunteers are recognized for their contributions of time and service over a significant period of time.

~ To learn more about chapter awards, click here.

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