Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA) is the highest award that may be bestowed on an alumnus by the Ball State University Alumni Association (BSUAA). The award selection criteria shall be based upon the nominee’s (1) overall accomplishments (professional achievements and community service), (2) BSU Alumni Association and University involvement (BSUAA Alumni Involvement Index), and (3) consistent support of the University (through financial and/or volunteer efforts). This award shall be all-inclusive and not tied to any one profession. 


It is the desire of the Alumni Council that this award is over and above any other program in operation, such as the university policy of granting honorary degrees; recognition programs in the colleges and constituent societies; the Benny Award for service, and the Alumni Association Coach-of-the-Year Award.

The recipient must hold a degree from Ball State University; however, this requirement may be waived if a qualified nominee has attended Ball State, receives a recommendation from the DAA committee and receives approval of two-thirds of the Alumni Council. 

A maximum of three Distinguished Alumni Awards may be awarded in any one year. The DAA committee is not compelled to award the maximum number annually. Members of the Alumni Council will not be eligible to receive the DAA during their term of service on the Council. Generally, alumni serving on constituent society boards are not eligible while serving on their respective boards.

To nominate an alumnus or alumna for the Distinguished Alumni award, please fill out an online nomination form or download a form to print and mail in. For more information, contact Debbie Linegar.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and will remain in consideration for three years.
To be considered for the current year, applications should be received by February 1.

2012 Distinguished Alumni Award

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients