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Alumni Awards

It is with great pride and pleasure that Baldwin Wallace University recognizes the achievements of its outstanding alumni.

The description and criteria for individual BW awards as well as instructions on how to submit an online nomination are available below.

Make Your Nominations

All BW alumni who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from BW (in any major) are eligible for nomination. Take a moment to celebrate a YJ4L in your life by submitting an alumni award nomination. Our new online process is easy; no lengthy letter of recommendation or extensive research is required. Individual award criteria and instructions for submitting a nomination online are included below.

Honors & Awards

Alumni Merit Award

The Baldwin Wallace University Alumni Merit Award honors outstanding alumni and honorary alumni for their achievements, leadership and contributions to their profession or field of study, community and alma mater. Nominees are evaluated on their achievements since graduating from or leaving BW. Alumni of all majors and degree programs have been celebrated with this award.

Submit an Alumni Merit Award nomination >

Athletic Hall of Fame

The Baldwin Wallace University Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1965 to honor outstanding individuals for contributions to the University as an athlete, coach or athletic administrator. The Hall of Fame inducted its first female honorees in 1992, and more than 300 men and women have been recognized throughout the decades. BW athletes have established a rich tradition in athletics throughout their college years and beyond. Many of their accomplishments are chronicled in the Athletic Archives, located in the Lou Higgins Recreation Center.

The awards are presented annually at the Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the fall. To nominate a Yellow Jacket great for consideration for the Hall of Fame, click here.

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Conservatory of Performing Arts Alumni Achievement Award

The Conservatory of Performing Arts honors outstanding alumni for their achievements in the field of music through performance, education or service to others with the presentation of the Conservatory of Performing Arts Alumni Achievement Awards. The achievement awards are conferred as often as deemed appropriate by the selection committee. Honorees receive their award at a special event and interact meaningfully with Conservatory students in master class settings.

Submit a Conservatory Alumni Achievement Award nomination >

Family Heritage Award

The Alumni Association recognizes and honors those distinguished families who, throughout generations, have provided many years of faithful and loyal service to Baldwin Wallace University. The number of generations and family members who have graduated from BW, as well as service to BW, are considered. All members of the association are encouraged to nominate families they deem worthy of this honor. For more information on how to nominate a family, email or call (440) 826-2104.

Distinguished Alumni

By definition, distinguished alumni are those who have been honored with one or more of the BW alumni awards described above, or who have served BW as a trustee.

View the list of Distinguished Alumni >


Contact the Center for Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement at (440) 826-2104 or