Alumni Awards and Recognition

We are fortunate to have so many wonderful and successful alumni in our midst. Help us recognize their accomplishments and talents by nominating a friend, classmate, or colleague. Self-nominations or nominations for the current members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors are not accepted.

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Alumni awards

There are three categories for which the Alumni Association can honor the impact that alumni and community members have had on the university: 

Alumni Recognition

Alumni Achievement Award

This award recognizes a graduate of Fitchburg State University who has made a significant contribution in their field, an extraordinary contribution to their community, region, or state, or has served as an inspiration to others. The nominee must have graduated at least 25 years before the nomination year (award can be given posthumously).

Alumni Leadership Award

This award recognizes personal achievement, professional contributions, and leadership qualities in a graduate of Fitchburg State University. The nominee must have graduated at least 15 years before the nomination year.

Young Alumni Recognition Award

This award honors high achievement of young alumni. The candidate must nominated within 10 years from graduation.

Alumni Service Award

Presented to volunteers of the Alumni Association who have given valuable service to the organization and its members and/or their community-at-large. The award recognizes those people who have taken a special interest in the association and have worked hard for its benefit.

Booster Award

This award recognizes an "unsung hero" whose behind-the-scenes work benefits the association and its members. Alumni or friends of the association are eligible for this award.

Joel D. Miller Award

Joel D. Miller served as a state senator and member of the Board of Education. He is considered one of the three founders of the State Normal School in Fitchburg. In 1903, he was honored with the name of one of the university’s first dormitories, Miller Hall. Established in 1955, this cash award is presented to an alumnus who is recognized as an outstanding educator. The nominee must:

  • Be a graduate of Fitchburg State University who graduated at least 10 years prior to the nomination year.
  • Be actively engaged in teaching.
  • Have given unselfish devotion to her/his profession and exerted an influence for good among her/his students.
  • Have demonstrated originality in her/his profession.


  • Three letters of support including testimony from current or former students
  • A profile, resume or short biography, along with supporting material addressing the specific reasons for the nomination

Faculty Recognition

Vincent J. Mara Excellence in Teaching Award

This award, established in 1989 to honor former university President Vincent J. Mara, recognizes excellence in university teaching. All full-time and tenured Fitchburg State University faculty are eligible to receive the $3,000 award and citation presented annually at spring undergraduate commencement. Visit the Vincent J. Mara Excellence in Teaching Award​ page to learn more.

Athletic Recognition

Athletic Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame recognizes the efforts and achievements of the many outstanding alumni who were student-athletes at Fitchburg State University. Recognition is also given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Fitchburg State athletic program. Nominations may be submitted online.

Student-athletes criteria:

  • Must have participated on an intercollegiate team for a minimum of two years
  • Must have represented Fitchburg State in a positive manner both as an undergraduate and as an alumnus/a
  • Must have graduated from Fitchburg State at least five years prior to the nomination year
  • Must have exhibited athletic prowess, as determined by:
    • Playing ability
    • Character
    • Leadership
    • Contribution to the team or teams on which he/she played, and to Fitchburg State University in general

Contributor criteria:

  • Must have demonstrated a special and/or sustained interest in Fitchburg State University and its athletic program. (Current coaches at Fitchburg State University will not be considered for induction if the primary rationale for consideration is their coaching accomplishments.)