Alumni Award Recipients

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Bellarmine graduates are leaders in their fields, from education, business and accounting to spiritual service and medicine. Each fall the Bellarmine University Alumni Association recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through professional accomplishments, community service and demonstration of attitudes consistent with Bellarmine’s Catholic identity and the inclusive Thomas Merton spirit.

NOMINATE: If you would like to nominate someone for one of the following awards, please contact the Alumni Office at or 502-272-8333.

As testament to the Bellarmine mission of preparing leaders for society, the Bellarmine Alumni Association designed the Gallery of Distinguished Graduates in 1980 to recognize persons who have distinguished themselves in one or more of the following ways: professional accomplishment, community service, and demonstration of attitudes consistent with Bellarmine’s inclusive Catholic identity.

The Distinguished Service Award was instituted in 1978 and renamed The Reverend Msgr. Alfred F. Horrigan Distinguished Service Award in 1987. It is given to recognize an individual who, as a member of the university faculty, staff or administration, has made a significant contribution to Bellarmine University. The award recipient may be a present or past employee of Bellarmine University or Ursuline College.

The Scarlet and Silver Society was established by the Alumni Association in 1983. Membership is bestowed upon those whose personal involvement, time and effort on behalf of Bellarmine bring honor and distinction to the University, perpetuating its reputation for excellence.

The Alumnus/a of the Year, instituted in 1962, is given to an alumnus/a who has shown special interest in Bellarmine's growth as an institution of educational, cultural and community significance and has used his/her time and talent for the betterment of not only Bellarmine but for the entire community. The recipient also will have demonstrated integrity and a concern that has gained the respect of his/her peers.

2013 Alumni Award Recipients

2012 Alumni Award Recipients 

2011 Alumni Award Recipients

2010 Alumni Award Recipients

2009 Alumni Award Recipients

2008 Alumni Award Recipients

2007 Alumni Award Recipients

2006 Alumni Award Recipients

Alumnus/a of the Year

Monsignor Horrigan Service Award

Scarlet & Silver Society

Gallery of Distinguished Graduates

Accounting Alumnus/a of the Year