The Emerging Leader, Alumni Achievement and Distinguished Lifetime Membership Awards are given by Mortar Board to alumni who have demonstrated a continuing commitment to the purpose of Mortar Board and who have exemplified the Ideals of scholarship, leadership and service through their professions or through their service to our Society. Award recipients are models for all members and vivid illustrations of what it means to be a Mortar Board.
See a list of past Alumni Award recipients here.
The intention to nominate must be received on or before November 15 as it signals a nominator’s intention to complete the application packet and submit on or before December 15. Submit an intention to nominate below!
The Emerging Leader Award honors an alumni member who was initiated as a collegiate member; is between one and 20 years past initiation; has demonstrated remarkable accomplishment in her/his profession far ahead of others of the same cohort, or are noted for outstanding community service; has shown a constant commitment to the Ideals of scholarship, leadership and service through her/his profession; and is a role model for other members.
The Alumni Achievement Award honors an alumni member who was initiated as a collegiate or honorary member; is more than 10 years past initiation; has demonstrated outstanding and long-lasting achievement in her/his profession or notable, signal service to a broad community; has shown a continuing commitment to the Mortar Board Ideals of scholarship, leadership and service; and is an inspiration to other members.
The Distinguished Lifetime Membership honors an alumni member who was initiated as a collegiate or honorary member; is many years past her/his undergraduate degree; has retained significant and meaningful connections and service to Mortar Board through collegiate or alumni chapters, programs or events; has, throughout her/his lifetime, demonstrated seminal and groundbreaking community or campus leadership on a regional, national or international plane; and epitomizes the meaning of a lifetime of service to Mortar Board..
Any Mortar Board member may nominate a member for these awards. Self-nominations will be considered. Consolidated nomination efforts are welcomed as these will undoubtedly provide more information about the nominee. Current members of the National Council, section coordinators, trustees, and National Office staff members are ineligible. The Selection Committee’s recommendations are referred to the National Council for final decision. A recipient may not receive the same award more than once. Award recipients will be informed of their selection and invited to attend the Mortar Board National Conference to accept their awards. As many as three recipients may be selected in each category. An award will not be presented in absentia, with the exception of the Distinguished Lifetime Membership Award, whose recipient, if unable to attend, may send a representative in her/his place. Only in a rare circumstance may an award be presented posthumously. An intention to nominate is due on or before November 15. Once an intention to nominate is received, an nomination packet will be sent electronically. A complete nomination is due on or before December 15.