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Alumni Awards

Honors and Awards

Drexel Alumni honors exceptional graduates and students each year for their accomplishments in their profession, community, and within the University. All are welcome to submit a nomination and participate in the awards process by sharing the achievements of fellow alumni, colleagues, and friends with the Board of Governors’ Honors and Awards Committee. All members of the Drexel community, including those from our legacy institutions Hahnemann and Women’s Medical College, the Evening College and graduates of online degree programs can be considered for any of the alumni awards listed below.

The Honors and Awards Committee celebrates the diversity of the Drexel community and welcomes nominations of candidates of all races, ethnicities, religions, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age and/or status as a veteran.

Alumni Awards

Alumni Entrepreneur Award

Up to two awards may be given in this category and will be distinguished by revenues generated (under $1M or $1M and greater) as a result of their entrepreneurial idea. 

Conferred upon a graduate who attended Drexel for at least two years and who, through the application of his/her/their Drexel education, initiative and innovation created a new business, non-profit, or venture or expanded an existing business that reflects credit on Drexel.

Candidates will demonstrate:

  • Initiative: The entrepreneur took the initiative to bring together the economic resources of 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/her/their time, effort, business reputation and invested funds in the entrepreneurial venture.
  • Tenacity: The entrepreneur persists in his/her/their pursuits to succeed, in spite of barriers, which may include the unconscious biases resulting from systemic inequities against women and members of BIPOC communities from realizing their entrepreneurial goals.

Golden Dragon Society Award

Conferred upon an individual who attended Drexel for at least two years and who graduated 50 or more years ago for distinguished service to the University, profession and/or community.

Harriet E. Worrell Society Award

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 following qualities are considered in the selection of the recipient:

  • Participation in activities that have advanced the mission of Drexel.
  • Participation in events or programs that were sponsored by Drexel.
  • Membership on Drexel boards, committees, clubs, etc.
  • Professional achievements and activities: organization memberships; leadership positions held; awards and honors; workshops/seminars attended or led.
  • Civic and community achievements, activities, and awards.

The Mary S. Irick Drexel Society Award for Civic Engagement

The Mary S. Irick Drexel Award—Drexel’s oldest, continually awarded alumni honor—recognizes alumni who have significantly contributed to civic and/or community life. Award recipients embody Mary S. Irick Drexel’s commitment to charity and humanitarian work and make contributions of measurable benefit to the communities in which they live and/or work.

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, profession and/or community.

Recent Alumni And Student Awards

Recent Alumni Emerging Leader Award

This award program honors and acknowledges the exceptional personal and professional achievements of recent graduates, regardless of their age or degree. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty and remarkable service to their community, profession, and Drexel University. In this category, up to two awards may be given, based on the number of years since graduation - up to 5 years out and 10 years out.

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. This award is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

University Alumni Awards

Various other colleges, schools, and departments across campus recognize notable alumni in many ways. Nominations for these awards will be accepted later this year. Check out the criteria below and we will notify you when the nomination period begins.

College of Medicine Alumni Association Awards

The Drexel University College of Medicine presents their annual Alumni Association awards each spring.

Outstanding Alumni Educator Award

Presented by the School of Education Alumni Association

The Outstanding Alumni Educator Award is presented 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.

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.