Distinguished Awards Celebration

The University of Northern Iowa Foundation honors notable graduates and loyal supporters through the Distinguished Awards Celebration.

The Foundation annually presents the following President's Philanthropy Awards:

Emerging Philanthropist Award

This award recognizes an individual or a couple, no older than 50 years of age, who have provided philanthropic support and creative leadership to the university.

Faculty and Staff Award

This award recognizes an individual or couple currently employed by or retired from the University of Northern Iowa who has provided philanthropic support, dedicated long-term service and creative leadership to the university.

Purple and Gold Award

This award is the most prestigious award for lifetime giving that the University of Northern Iowa Foundation bestows on behalf of the university. This award recognizes the extraordinary, long-time support of an individual or couple who have had a significant and inspiring impact on UNI.

Corporation and Foundation Award

This award is presented to a corporation, foundation or organization that has demonstrated generosity to UNI through significant leadership giving, dedicated long-term service and assistance to UNI students and faculty through recruitment opportunities and/or programming support.


2016 Award Winners

Debora Blume ('94)
Emerging Philanthropy Award

Marleta Matheson
Faculty and Staff Award

Rex and Kathy ('71) Eno
Purple and Gold Award

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust
Corporation and Foundation Award

View the archive to see all previous award winners.