What is this award?

The Honors Program hopes to recognize an especially distinguished alumni or friend each year. In this way, we thank individuals one by one but also, through them, the larger community of supporters who promote honors education here and beyond the campus. The award will be made during the Honors Commendation Ceremony held in May the evening before University Graduation. Awardees may give a public talk and each receives a personalized memento.

How is the winner selected?

The Honors Professional Staff selects one Honors at Iowa alum or friend whose been exceptionally active in supporting the University Honors Program.

Past Award Recipients


Pat Rolston
Iowa Graduating Class of 1978


Thomas Niblock
Iowa Honors Graduating Class of 2007


Andy Stoll
Iowa Honors Graduating Class of 2003


Carol Fethke
Professor Emerita of Economics at Iowa


David Hamod
Iowa Honors Graduating Class of 1981


Michael K. Brooks
Iowa Honors Graduating Class of 2003


Lauren McCarthy
Iowa Honors Graduating Class of 2006