Alumni Awards

Kentucky Wesleyan College alumni are a select, accomplished group.  Our most distinguished alumnus served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Justice Stanley Forman Reed, 1902.  He is joined by a United States Representative, two Lieutenant Governors, hundreds of doctors, attorneys, ministers, civil servants, teachers and more.

The Alumni Association alumni recognition program celebrates the leadership, service and career achievement of alumni and friends of Wesleyan.  It is a specific and significant way to engage and connect with alumni across generations.  See the menu to nominate a deserving alumnus/a for an award and to view all of our deserving past recipients.  Nominations for Alumni Awards are accepted at any time, with consideration for the award year to those received before Feb. 28.

The Alumni Association has presented annual awards to honor alumni and friends of Kentucky Wesleyan College who serve as active partners, advocates and investors since 1974. These awards are presented at Homecoming during the annual Alumni Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet and are the highest accolades conferred by the Alumni Association.

Awards of the Alumni Association

The Alumni Hall of Fame This award is intended to recognize alumni successes by honoring those who have gained fame or distinction in their career, become uniquely successful, and/or made significant impact upon others to be deserving of such acclaim.  Inclusion in this Alumni Hall of Fame will perpetuate the memory of those who have brought honor, distinction and excellence to themselves and/or to the name and reputation of Kentucky Wesleyan College.

The Outstanding Alumni Award This award is deemed the Association’s highest award under the Hall of Fame and may be presented annually to an alumnus/a in recognition of superior continuing support to the College, church and/or community. This award can only be presented to an alumnus/a, and only one such award may be presented each year.

The Alumni Achievement Award This award honors those alumni who have achieved a level of eminence within their profession that exceeds the ordinary and is for a sufficient period of time to demonstrate sustained effort. Such prominence shall include contributions that improve the quality of life of others, promote the arts, advance the sciences and be recognized by peers for achievement at the state, national or international level. A recipient must be a graduate or alumnus/a of the College whose class graduated five or more years earlier to be eligible for this award.

Outstanding Young Graduate Award This award is to be presented to a graduate from Kentucky Wesleyan College within the past 10 years. Since attending Kentucky Wesleyan, this individual has distinguished him/herself through professional or personal achievement, has possessed outstanding leadership in his/her profession and community, whose contribution reflects well on Kentucky Wesleyan, and whose life is an inspiration to others in the Kentucky Wesleyan community. Nominee must demonstrate continued interest and/or contact with Kentucky Wesleyan.

Roy Pickerill Alumni Service Award This award is intended to recognize years of dedicated work and service to the College and/or community. This award may be presented annually and recipients need not be present to receive it. The award can be made to more than one person during any given year. The award was renamed for KWC sports information director emeritus and special assistant for college relations, Roy Pickerill ’75, in 2021. Roy’s dedication to KWC and his passion for connecting others with the College is a true testament to the reason for this honor. He was among the first group of Alumni Service Award recipients.

The Gus E. Paris Distinguished Service Award The award honors college faculty, staff, or any non-alum for outstanding contributions to the College. The recipient need not be an alumnus nor be present to receive this award.

The Honorary Alumni Award This award recognizes non-alumni who have given considerably of their time and talents to the College. The recipient must be a non-alum and need not be present to receive the award.

Outstanding Alumnus/a of the Arts
The Kentucky Wesleyan College Alumni Association introduced the Outstanding Alumni of the Arts Award in 2022. This award recognizes alumni who have achieved a level of distinction within the arts and shared their talents with their communities. 

The Alumni Association Emeritus Director Award This award is intended to recognize Alumni Board of Directors who have served as directors numerous times and have made significant contributions to alumni relations. It is limited to one individual each nomination year and does not have to be awarded annually. The award will be given at the Spring/Summer Board of Directors meeting.