Distinguished Awards

Warriors Achieve

Each year at Homecoming, Winona State University and the Alumni Society recognize individuals for their outstanding commitment to the University, its mission and to improving our world.

  • Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are graduates who have achieved prominence in their chosen field of endeavor and who have made significant contributions to the university, bringing honor to themselves and to their alma mater.
  • Distinguished Young Alumni Award recognizes graduates who are 45 years old or younger and have distinguished themselves in their work or in their community. Volunteer service and contributions to the university are also considered.
  • Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award recognizes WSU faculty or staff who have elevated the esteem and prestige of the university through their commitment to the university and all of its constituent groups.
  • Distinguished Service Award recognizes WSU graduates or non-graduates who have voluntarily rendered significant contributions of time and talent to WSU.
  • Distinguished Awards Banquet - Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

If you believe someone you know deserves to be recognized for their excellence in their field of study and their service to Winona State and their communities, please fill out the Distinguished Award Nomination Form (PDF).  

2017 Distinguished Alumni Awardees

Distinguished Faculty/Staff

Distinguished Service

Distinguished Young Alumni

Distinguished Alumni

Grand Marshals

  • Amy Welch

The Winona State University Heritage Award is given annually to an employee, retiree, alumni, or friend of the university who has left an indelible impression in support of Winona State University and its students, faculty and staff. A committee of WSU employees from various departments chooses the recipient. The following are some of the characteristics and qualities that the committee looks for when evaluating:

  • Serves as an official and unofficial ambassador of WSU
  • Raises the awareness of WSU within their community
  • Is committed to the success of WSU and its students, faculty and staff
  • Helps to make community and campus connections
  • Advocates for WSU students and issues that are important to them
  • Supports WSU Athletics as a Warrior “Super Fan”
  • Helps elevate and garner support and recognition for WSU and its students, faculty and staff
  • Servers as a liaison/supporter between WSU departments or programs and community partnerships

As part of the Winona State University Homecoming festivities each fall, the Heritage Award recipient serves as the Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal and participates in the coin toss prior to the Homecoming football game with the football team captains. 

Heritage Award Application

This application will need to be submitted to alumni@winona.edu.

For two decades, Winona State has been presenting awards to distinguished alumni and friends. View the complete list (PDF) of award recipients.