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The Lander Alumni Association proudly recognizes outstanding alumni annually for their contributions professionally, civically, and to Lander. Nominations for awards are open year-round, with the annual award cycle running from November to June.



  • The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest award given by the Lander Alumni Association. It is reserved for alumni who have distinguished themselves through professional accomplishment and gone on to do something of great benefit to for the broader community.
  • The Young Alumni Achievement Award is presented to graduates age 40 or younger at the time of nomination. It is reserved for alumni who have demonstrated career achievement, been acknowledged by peers and show a promise of future success.
  • The Grace Iler Norman Alumni Service Award recognizes a deep love for Lander through exemplary service to the Alumni Association.
  • Each nominee will need to submit a resume/CV to be fully considered.
  • To nominate or apply, visit


Pictured are recipients from the 2021 class of Alumni Association honorees (from left): Brad E. Rader ’98, recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award; Dr. Mary Holloway ’78, wife of Grace Iler Norman Alumni Service Award recipient Maurice Holloway ’78; Lander President Dr. Richard Cosentino; and Lonnie Nesbitt ’07, recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Award.