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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 their 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 Distinguished Alumni Award was created in 1956 by the Alumni Association to recognize alumni with exemplary professional careers that illustrate the value of an Ohio Northern University education and to recognize those alumni with continued relationships with the University who have made a tangible expression of loyalty to their alma mater. This award provides an opportunity to recognize, engage and steward outstanding alumni. Up to five alumni may be selected per year.
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William L. Robinson Young Alumni Award

The William L. Robinson Young Alumni Award was established in 2004 by the Alumni Association to honor and recognize William L. Robinson and the 50 years he dedicated to impacting Ohio Northern University students. This award recognizes alumni who graduated within the last 15 years and who demonstrate passion and loyalty toward their profession, community and alma mater. It provides an opportunity to engage and steward young alumni donors who exemplify the values and outcomes of an ONU education. Up to one female and one male may be selected per year.


Alumni Service Award

The Alumni Service Award was created by the Alumni Association in 2017 to recognize alumni who serve the University in a volunteer capacity consistently over time and/or who make a significant impact on a University project or initiative. This award provides an opportunity to recognize, engage and steward key volunteers whose energy, dedication and enthusiasm epitomize the spirit of Ohio Northern University. Up to one female and one male may be selected per year.
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Athletics Hall of Fame

The highest athletic honor bestowed by the University, the Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes 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. 


Dicke College of Business Administration

Pinnacle Award 

The Pinnacle Award celebrates leadership, legacy and giving to Ohio Northern University and the Dicke College of Business Administration.

College of Business Administration Service Award

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



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.

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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; have received recognition from his or her contemporaries; have made significant contributions benefiting 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.




Office of Alumni Relations

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