Awards & Nominations

Our Tradition

We accept nominations throughout the year to honor outstanding individuals who embody the Penn State ethos. Recipients are selected by the Penn State Alumni Association and/or Board of Trustees. Penn State College of Medicine also grants the Cheston M. Berlin Service Award to someone who has demonstrated extraordinary service to the College of Medicine's Alumni Society. 

Please access the Awards Nomination form here, and see a list of COM alumni who have received awards in the past.

Submissions must be received by May 1 to be considered for the upcoming awards cycle (Sept. - May), and nominations remain active for two years.

How to Nominate

Click here to submit a nomination for any of these alumni awards to Penn State Hershey’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

How to Nominate

Click here to submit a nomination for any of these alumni awards to Penn State Hershey’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

How to Nominate

Click here to submit a nomination for any of these alumni awards to Penn State Hershey’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

How to Nominate

Click here to submit a nomination for any of these alumni awards to Penn State Hershey’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations

Cheston Berlin, M.D. and Dwight Davis, M.D.

College of Medicine

Cheston M. Berlin Service Award

Established in 1987 in honor of Dr. Chet Berlin—pediatrician, current faculty member, and mentor for many College of Medicine alumni—this award recognizes individuals for extraordinary service to the College of Medicine Alumni Society or its members.

Nominees may be faculty, students, administrative staff, alumni, or any person directly or indirectly associated with Penn State College of Medicine. Recipients are recognized during Alumni Weekend in September each year.


University Accolades

Alumni Achievement Award

This award recognizes alumni 35 years of age and younger for their extraordinary professional accomplishments. 

Recipients are invited by the President of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators. The award is limited to one recipient per college.

Winners are selected by the University in October, and the award (a cast bronze medallion and framed certificate) is presented at a reception and dinner hosted by the University President. Arrangements are also made for the awardees to visit their respective campus the following spring.

University Accolades

Alumni Achievement Award

This award recognizes alumni 35 years of age and younger for their extraordinary professional accomplishments.

University Accolades

Alumni Achievement Award

This award recognizes alumni 35 years of age and younger for their extraordinary professional accomplishments.

University Accolades

Alumni Achievement Award

This award recognizes alumni 35 years of age and younger for their extraordinary professional accomplishments.

University Accolades

Alumni Achievement Award

This award recognizes alumni 35 years of age and younger for their extraordinary professional accomplishments.

University Accolades

Alumni Achievement Award

This award recognizes alumni 35 years of age and younger for their extraordinary professional accomplishments.

Alumni Fellow Award

Since 1973, the Penn State Alumni Association has presented this most prestigious honor to distinguished alumni each spring. Penn State Alumni Fellows are nominated by the deans and selected by a University committee. Recognized as leaders in their respective fields, these recipients continue to enrich Penn State’s mission through their service and engagement with current students and faculty. They carry the Alumni Fellow title for life. Final selections are made by the Alumni Association and Board of Trustees in February, and the award is presented at a dinner hosted by the University President. Arrangements are also made for the awardees to visit their respective campus.

Distinguished Alumni Award

This is the highest honor that Penn State bestows upon an outstanding alumna or alumnus.

The award salutes the achievements of alumni whose personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater. A limited number of Distinguished Alumni Awards are granted each year to preserve the stature of the designation.

Selections are made at the January Board of Trustees meeting, and the award (an engraved bronze medallion, matching pendant, and framed inscribed certificate) is presented at the Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony held during the spring alumni reunion at University Park.


Honorary Alumni Award

The Honorary Alumni Award was created to recognize outstanding individuals who, though not graduates of Penn State, greatly enhance the welfare, reputation, and prestige of the University through their commitment and service. The number of awards given each year varies, but typically two to four have been granted across the University.

The Alumni Association Awards Committee makes recommendations to the full Alumni Council each fall, and the award (life membership in the Penn State Alumni Association and a cast bronze medallion) is typically presented during the spring alumni reunion awards ceremony at University Park.