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Alumni Awards

Polar Bear Pride!

Ohio Northern University is extremely proud of its alumni! Below is a listing of the honors and awards from the University as a whole, and the colleges that strive to recognize our alumni and their many accomplishments as well as their continued dedication and service to Ohio Northern. To learn more or for nominations, click on the award links.

Distinguished Alumni Award

The highest university award bestowed by the Alumni Association. The Alumni Association of Ohio Northern awards up to five individuals the Distinguished Alumni Award annually and honors the recipients at a dinner during Alumni Weekend. Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award may be graduates or non-graduates, and are chosen based on criteria established by the Alumni Association.

Athletics Hall of Fame

The highest athletic award bestowed by the university. The purpose of the Athletics Hall of Fame is to recognize Ohio Northern University men and women who have distinguished themselves in the field of athletics by virtue of their performance on athletic teams representing the University, or by meritorious efforts on behalf of athletics either as an undergraduate or in years after leaving the University. 
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William L. Robinson Young Alumni Award

The William L. Robinson Young Alumni Award, established on May 29, 2004, was created to honor and recognize 45 years of influencing Ohio Northern University students and to ensure that this legacy continues throughout the next 45 years.  The Alumni Association of Ohio Northern University awards the William L. Robinson Young Alumni Award to an alumna/alumnus who graduated within the last fifteen years from Ohio Northern University and who demonstrates passion and loyalty toward their profession, community, and alma mater.

Dicke College of Business Administration

Pinnacle Award 

A celebration of leadership, legacy and giving to Ohio Northern University and The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration.

DCBA Service Award

The Service Award is given annually at Homecoming, and honors individuals who have provided sustained and outstanding service to, and whose contributions have positively impacted the College of Business Administration and Ohio Northern.

For more information contact Dacy Wilcox at

Rudolph H. Raabe College of Pharmacy

Distinguished Pharmacy Alumni Award

The Distinguished Pharmacy Alumni Award recognizes alumni for outstanding service to the Raabe College of Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University, and the profession of pharmacy in their respective communities.

For more information contact Scott Wills at

T.J. Smull College of Engineering

Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award

The T.J. Smull College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes those who have distinguished themselves through outstanding personal qualities and significant contributions to his or her chosen field. To be eligible for the award, an individual must be a graduate of the T.J. Smull College of Engineering, be distinguished in his or her profession, business or other worthy endeavor, received recognition from his or her contemporaries, made a significant contributions benefitting his or her community, state nation, the University or the college, and be a person of such integrity, stature and demonstrated ability that the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the college will take pride in and be inspired by his or her recognition.

Past Recipients: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010