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Honors and Awards

Nomination Criteria
We encourage all members of the alumni and university community to participate in the awards process by sharing the achievements of fellow alumni, colleagues and friends with the Honors and Awards Committee for nomination. We invite you to review the awards criteria and submit nominations below.


Alumni Association Awards

A.J. Drexel Paul Award for Service to Alma Mater
The A.J. Drexel Paul Award was established in 1961 in memory of Mr. Paul, a descendent of the University’s founder, who served on the University’s Board of Trustees from 1908 until 1958. The criteria for selection are:

  • Drexel Attendance: Recipient must be an alumnus or alumna and must have attended Drexel for at least two years. The last year of attendance will have been at least five years prior to consideration.

  • Service: Personal achievement reflecting credit on Drexel is the most important requirement. This achievement should be in one of the following: professional attainment reflecting credit on Drexel University, or contributions to community life that reflect on Drexel.

  • Drexel Activities: A continuing interest and active participation in Drexel activities and the development of the University in all areas.

The A.J. Drexel Paul Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association and is presented at the A.J. Drexel Society Gala in the fall.

Alumni Entrepreneur Award
Conferred upon a graduate who attended Drexel for at least two years and who, through the use of his or her Drexel education, initiative and innovation created a new business or venture, or expanded an existing business that reflects credit on Drexel.

  • Initiative: The entrepreneur took the initiative to bring together the economic resources of land, labor and capital to produce a commodity (whether a goods or service) with the hope that such production will create a profitable business venture.

  • Decision-making: The entrepreneur makes the basic business policy decisions for the business, thereby setting the course of the enterprise.

  • Innovation: The entrepreneur is an innovator, attempting to introduce new products and new ways of doing things.

  • Risk-taker: The entrepreneur risks his or her time, effort, business reputation and invested funds in the entrepreneurial venture.

The Alumni Entrepreneur Award is presented at the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony during Alumni Weekend in May.

Golden Dragon Society Award
Conferred upon an individual who attended Drexel for at least two years and who graduated 50 years ago for distinguished service to the University, or who has served the University in a unique or special way and continues to demonstrate interest and active participation in Drexel activities and the development of the University.

The Golden Dragon Society Award is presented during the 50-year reunion activities at Alumni Weekend in May.

Harriet E. Worrell Society Award
Presented by the Harriet E. Worrell Society
In 1969, the Harriet E. Worrell Society Award was established in memory of Harriet Worrell, an exceptional Drexel alumna of the Classes of 1909 and 1915 who, through talent and dedication, created the Drexel University Alumni Association. 

The Harriet E. Worrell Society Award is presented to an alumna whose professional achievements, contribution to the community, and service to her alma mater embody Worrell’s spirit of commitment and integrity. Recipients are selected by a committee of past honorees and must have attended Drexel for at least two years, with the last day of attendance at least five years prior to consideration.

The Harriet E. Worrell Society Award is presented at the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony during Alumni Weekend in May.

Service to the Community Award
Conferred upon a graduate who, through voluntary or paid work, has significantly contributed to civic and/or community life.

The Service to the Community Award is presented at the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony during Alumni Weekend in May.

Service to Profession Award
Conferred upon a graduate who has earned recognition for his/her professional achievements or whose work has contributed to advancements within his/her chosen field.

The Service to Profession Award is presented at the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony during Alumni Weekend in May.

Silver Dragon Society Award
Conferred upon an individual who attended Drexel for at least two years and who graduated 25-49 years ago for distinguished service to the University, or who has served the University in a unique or special way and continues to demonstrate interest and active participation in Drexel activities and the development of the University.

The Silver Dragon Society Award is presented during the 25-year reunion activities at Alumni Weekend in May.

Special Distinction Award
Conferred upon an individual, not necessarily a Drexel graduate, whose professional or community involvement reflects credit upon the University.

The Special Distinction Award is presented at the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony during Alumni Weekend in May.


Young Alumni & Student Awards

Emerging Leader Award
Presented to an individual who graduated within the last 10 years, regardless of age or degree, who is making an impact within his or her community or in his or her profession since graduation.

The Emerging Leader Award is presented at the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony during Alumni Weekend in May.

Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award
Presented to an individual who graduated within the last 10 years, regardless of age or degree, who has demonstrated tremendous loyalty and extraordinary service since graduation.

Types of service can include:

  • Service to community
  • Service to profession
  • Service to university

The Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award is presented at the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony during Alumni Weekend in May.

Young Alumni Entrepreneurship Award
Presented to an individual who graduated within the last 10 years, regardless of age or degree, who has achieved outstanding entrepreneurial success and accomplishment in business.

The Young Alumni Entrepreneurship Award is presented at the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony during Alumni Weekend in May.

Outstanding Student Awards
Nominees should demonstrate both active involvement and leadership in University activities and community organizations as demonstrated through commitment of time and roles of responsibility. Nominees should also be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The Outstanding Student Awards are presented at the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony during Alumni Weekend in May.


University Alumni Awards

College of Medicine Alumni Association Awards
For information on the Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Association Awards, click here.

Mary S. Irick Drexel Society Awards
For more information on the Mary S. Irick Drexel Society Awards, click here.

Outstanding Alumni Educator Award
Presented by the School of Education Alumni Association
The Outstanding Alumni Educator Award is present to a graduate of the Drexel School of Education, or an education-related program offered through Drexel, who has demonstrated exceptional skill and ability as an educator as well as a commitment to the profession of education.

The Outstanding Alumni Educator Award is presented at the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony during Alumni Weekend in May.

Rankin-Epstein Distinguished Alumni Award
Presented by the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
The Rankin-Epstein Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the achievements of a graduate of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design based on excellence in work, dedication to high ideals, and a consistent commitment to citizenship.

The Rankin-Epstein Distinguished Alumni Award is presented at the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony during Alumni Weekend in May.


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