It's no surprise that Scholar Alumni are achievers. Passion, commitment, and dedication are what drew them to pursue honors at Penn State in the first place.
Fittingly, a number of Scholar Alumni are recognized each year by their alma mater for their professional achievements and contributions to society.
Among those honored in recent years:
- An Internet start-up entrepreneur
- The first female assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs
- A financial guru who has revolutionized personal banking and investments
- An engineer and inventor who has contributed to everything from technical infrastructure in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the network behind the "Jeopardy!"-winning supercomputer, Watson
- An Emmy Award-winning journalist and filmmaker
- The chief marketing officer for the United States Olympic Committee
Awards bestowed upon Scholar Alumni by Penn State include:
- Outstanding Scholar Alumni Award, presented by the Schreyer Honors College and the Scholar Alumni Society Board
- Outstanding Scholar Alumni Mentor Award, presented by the Schreyer Honors College and the Scholar Alumni Society Board
- Alumni Fellow Awards, presented by the Penn State Alumni Association
- Alumni Achievement Awards, presented by the Penn State Alumni Association
- Distinguished Alumni Award, presented by the Penn State Board of Trustees