This award salutes the achievement of outstanding Penn State alumni whose "personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater." It is the highest honor bestowed on a graduate of the University and is sponsored and administered by the Penn State Board of Trustees. Since the inception of the Distinguished Alumni Award, more than thirty College of Agricultural Sciences graduates have received this very special distinction.
Honorary Alumni Awards are granted by the Alumni Association to persons who are not graduates of Penn State "but have made significant contributions toward its welfare, reputation or prestige." This award is not given every year to our college. Our most recent recipient is Dr. Charles L. Duncan.
The Alumni Fellows Award is the most prestigious award presented by the Penn State Alumni Association. This program is designed to invite outstanding alumni and leaders to the University to share their special expertise in informal contacts with students and members of the faculty and administration.
The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni 35 years of age and younger for their extraordinary professional accomplishments. These prominent young alumni are invited back to the University to share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators. They demonstrate to students that Penn State alumni succeed in exceptional fashion at an early age.