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Alumni and Foundation

Distinguished Alum & Athlete Awards

These prestigious, annual awards honor a select few alumni (we consider alumni to be anyone who has attended, worked or is a friend of MSC) who have become world-class ambassadors of the college and the Alumni Association. Recipients have achieved distinctive and notable accomplishments in one of three categories: Professional, Community Service, and Service to the College.


Distinguished alumni in this category are recognized within the following disciplines: Arts, Business & Professions, Education, and Science. Criteria for measuring achievement include:

  • Recognized leadership qualities.

  • Impact on and success in the field.

  • Dedication to field (includes volunteerism, educational outreach, etc.)

  • Recognition within the field and length of professional service.

  • Degrees earned, publications, research, etc. within field (if applicable).

Community Service

This category honors former students whose voluntary leadership, dedication, and contribution of time, effort, and enthusiasm improve the quality of life in their neighborhood, community, city, state, or nation. The accomplishments of a Community Service Distinguished Alumni are especially enduring in value because their work results from personal commitment rather than a desire for personal gain.

College Service

Alumni honored with these awards have a true devotion to a lasting love for the college as demonstrated through substantial contribution of time and resources.

Nomination Guidelines

  • Persons making nominations must include an official nomination form, a formal letter of introduction, a detailed biographical history or résumé of no more than two pages, and a minimum of two letters of recommendation (from a former student other than the person making the nomination).

  • Nominations must be received in the office of the Alumni Association no later than 5 p.m. on July 15.

  • Nominations may be carried forward to the next year.

  • All persons named as Distinguished or Athletic Alumni must attend the award ceremony.  A representative may accept the award if health or extenuating circumstances prevent attendance.

  • Awards may or may not be awarded in all categories each year.

  • The Awards Committee members and their immediate families are not eligible.


Send nominations or inquires to:

Murray State College Alumni Association
One Murray Campus, Tishomingo, Oklahoma 73460
Phone: 580-387-7123
FAX: 580-371-9844

Deadline for nominations is September 1, 2020 (deadline for 2020 extended from July 15 to September 1)

HOFnomination form