Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes alumni of distinction through several notable awards.

The Distinguished Alumni Award

The Alvernia Alumni Distinguished Alumni Award provides recognition to Alvernia University alumni who have exemplified a dedication to their chosen profession. Specifically, candidates will be evaluated on the how they have distinguished themselves in their profession; participation in professional organizations and leadership within their profession; how they share their professional knowledge and experience with others; and the professional recognition received and/or professional certifications they have achieved. In addition, candidates will be evaluated on their service to Alvernia University and their community (service, church, country).


The Ellen Frei Gruber Award


The Ellen Frei Gruber Award recognizes Alvernia alumni who reflect the values of service, humility, peacemaking, contemplation and collegiality in how they conduct their life. These core values are at the heart of what Alvernia University and the founding Bernardine Franciscan Sisters believe are the values that will carry us through life.


Candidates for the Ellen Frei Gruber Award are considered based on their commitment and support of the mission of Alvernia University demonstrated by adhering to the moral and ethical precepts of the Franciscan tradition – to learn, to love, to serve- throughout their life. They demonstrate a strong code of ethics and personal integrity in both their private and professional lies and their relationships with others. The candidate will have a strong relationship with God and it is reflected in their daily lives and deeds.


In addition, the Ellen Frei Gruber candidate would have outstanding service to their profession, community and Alvernia University.


Nominations are accepted on annual basis. Nominations received by December 31st of each year will be considered for the award in the following year. Nominations may be made by any individual. Self-nominations are accepted. Up to two awards are presented annually at the President’s Dinner held in October. Additional information on how to submit a nomination can be obtained by calling the Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement @ 610-796-8212 or email at


Young Alumni Four Under Forty Achievement Award


Young Alumni Four Under Forty Achievement Award recognizes young alumni who continually demonstrates Alvernia’s core values in their personal, spiritual and professional life (service, humility, peacemaking, contemplation, and collegiality) shows high levels of achievement in chosen profession or career; demonstrates outstanding service in his/hers community and exhibits a commitment to the advancement and growth of Alvernia through engagement and philanthropy.


Two awards will be presented in the following brackets: Ages 20-30 and Ages 30 -40. Applications will be available to alumni, parents, faculty and staff interested in voting for an individual that fulfills the criteria or self-nominate. Additional information on how to submit a nomination can be obtained by calling the Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement @ 610-230-5707 or email at


Hall of Fame


Alvernia University’s Athletics Hall of Fame is established in order to formally recognize outstanding contributions to the heritage and tradition of Alvernia University’s intercollegiate athletic program. It is the intent of the Hall of Fame to honor and preserve the memory of those athletes, teams, coaches and administrators whose achievements have brought recognition and honor to the University and its athletic program. Award recipients are honored during at the Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony during Homecoming and Family Weekend.