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Rice Alumni Awards & Recognition

Recognizing and celebrating alumni and members of the Rice community is a key objective of the ARA Board. Through Board supported programs we are able to honor members of the Rice community for their service to Rice, professional contributions and so much more. Alumni and student recognition is accomplished through three awards programs: the Laureates, Builders and Sallyport award as well as the through the work of the Alumni Recognition Committee (ARC). Learn more about these recognition programs below. 

Laureates Awards Program

The Laureates Awards Program was created by the Association of Rice Alumni in 1937 to recognize highly distinguished individuals for extraordinary achievements and contributions to their professions, local communities and Rice University. Every year, three major awards celebrate outstanding Rice alumni and friends of the university, including the Meritorious Service Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Gold Medal, the highest possible honor for service to the university.

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Young Alumni Builders Award

Rice Young Alumni from around the world are building a brighter future for the university through their passion and their dedication of time, talent and energy. The Association of Rice Alumni and the Rice Annual Fund are pleased to honor those Builder's who have made outstanding contributions in service to Rice post-graduation, whether through university departments, their college, athletics, events or fundraising initiatives.

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Sallyport Award

The Sallyport Award is presented by the Association of Rice Alumni (ARA) to an undergraduate degree candidate and a graduate degree candidate who show great promise in carrying forth the mission of the ARA upon graduation. The ARA recognizes individuals who have demonstrated one or more of the following:

  • Fostered strong ties with classmates, faculty or other members of the Rice community beyond his or her college or department
  • Strengthened the bonds between Rice and the Houston community or other communities outside of Rice
  • Displayed loyalty, spirit, and pride in the university through meaningful involvement in programs and activities

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Alumni Recognition Committee

The Alumni Recognition Committee (ARC) is comprised of a dedicated group of alumni who work to recognize the individual achievements of Rice alumni, students, faculty and staff by sending hand-written notes and emails of congratulation to celebrate important milestones and accomplishments. Since the committee’s creation in 2007, the members of ARC have sent out tens of thousands of these personal notes, which is a reflection of how generous the ARC volunteers are with their time, and of the mark our talented alumni are making throughout our world

Honorary Members of the Association of Rice Alumni

Individuals who have rendered distinguished service or extraordinary devotion to the University, the Association, or its programs may be elected Honorary Members by the Association of Rice Alumni board of directors. The following individuals have been named honorary members:

Marion Hicks, 1984
Marty Vest, 1984
Linda McReynolds, 1988
Stephanie Sick, 2005
Ralph O'Connor, 2006
Wayne Graham , 2007

Eric Johnson, 2007
Rose Sundin, 2009
Mark Davis, 2010
Jennifer Harding, 2014
S. Malcolm Gillis, 2015

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