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Catawba College Alumni Awards


The Alumni Association’s Alumni Board of Directors presents several awards each year in an effort to recognize and honor outstanding alumni.

Their accomplishments and contributions benefit both society and our campus, advancing the common good and inspiring with insight and creativity. To celebrate our alumni, we honor those who represent our core values — scholarship, character, culture and service — through these annual awards.

The Alumni Board of Directors considers several factors in choosing award recipients. Previous winners are ineligible. Traditionally, current association board members and trustees, and current members of the college faculty and staff are not considered. Furthermore, the board tries to give awards, whenever possible, to individuals in classes celebrating reunions.

Submit a Nomination!

Help the Alumni Association Board of Directors by nominating a worthy alumnus/a to receive an award by sending an email to or filling out the nomination form below.

Nominations may be submitted at any point, but should be received by April 1, so that the board may collect all nominees, deliberate, and vote on recipients.

The following are the annual awards, given by the Alumni Association:

Catawba College Black Alumni Network Award 

This award is presented annually and recognizes Black alumni who paved the way for African Americans students. They have distinguished themselves in a profession and/or local community and conveyed integrity to Catawba through their decency and bravery. The alumnus/a brought honor to the Catawba community as a whole and the Catawba Black Alumni Network through their support of CBAN events, initiatives and the CBAN. 

Distinguished Alumni Awardsdistaward.jpg

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are given by the Alumni Association to individuals who have served their community, distinguished themselves in their profession, and have served the Catawba College community. These awards are separated into 4 categories for possible nominations/awards and are presented at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony during Homecoming Weekend.

  • Distinguished Alumni Award — Career Achievement
    Recipients of this award have provided leadership or attained recognition on a national or regional level within their profession or business.

  • Distinguished Alumni Award — Service
    This award recognizes alumni who have provided extraordinary service to their community and demonstrated leadership to the College.

  • Young Alumni Award — Career Development
    Recipients of this award have quickly developed success in their career field. Young alumni are those who have graduated from Catawba College within the past 10 years.

  • Young Alumni Award — Service
    Each year we recognize a young alumnus/a for his or her exceptional service to the college and/or community. Young alumni are those who have graduated from Catawba College within the past 10 years.

O.B. Michael Award

The O.B. Michael award is given annually by the Alumni Association Board of Directors in memory of The Reverend O.B. Michael, class of 1919. The award is presented to a member of the alumni association who has made a valuable contribution to the College and/or to society, and is presented by the college president at the graduation ceremony.



Please keep in mind the following when submitting your nomination:

  • The nominee must have an undergraduate, or graduate degree from Catawba College. Self-nominations will be accepted.

  • Nominations must be received by the Office of Alumni Relations by April 1.

  • All nominations for an award must be received through the electronic application on the website (below) or via email at, and the nominator must complete the nomination form entirely or include all pertinent information in their email nomination.

  • A nominator may nominate more than one person, or may nominate the same person for more than one award, but these nominations must be submitted independently. The nominator does not need to be a graduate of the college.

  • Alumni cannot receive the same award more than once, nor should they receive multiple awards within a five-year period. (View Past Recipients)

In addition to the nomination form, if you would like to submit supplemental material, such as articles, resumes, letters of support, etc., you may submit those to Please note that these materials will not be accepted in place of a completed nomination form; these supplements will only strengthen your nomination!

If you have any questions, please direct those to and we will be happy to assist!

Submit a Nomination!

Previous Recipients

View a list of past award recipients below:

Past Recipients