Award Qualifications

Traditional Undergraduate Alumnus of the Year

Est. 1960

Oversight: Alumni Relations

Introduction The Traditional Undergraduate Alumnus of the Year Award is intended to recognize the faithful service of specific alumni who have made significant contributions in their world for Christ.

Criteria

  1. Profession: The Undergraduate Alumnus of the Year award is intended to honor the achievement and service of specific traditional undergraduate alumni from a variety of professional fields. Careful consideration will be given to alumni of all professions.
  2. Influence: The influence that an individual has through his/her faith and calling are priority considerations for this award. Generally, candidates will have demonstrated the ability to influence society, having reflected values of academic excellence and community investment.
  3. Character/Reputation: Candidates for the award possess a reputation for Godly character, with a daily pursuit of Christ-centered thinking and living.
  4. Achievement: The achievements of individuals are given careful attention and may be in any field or endeavor, having made such accomplishments while maintaining a Christ-honoring perspective in every aspect of life.

Recipients: Offered to alumni (at least 36 completed credits) who are graduates of at least 10 years.

Presentation: The award is presented during the annual Winter Homecoming Gala.

Recipients

GRTS Alumnus of the Year

Est.1960

Oversight: Alumni Relations

Introduction: The Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Alumnus of the Year Award is intended to recognize the faithful service of specific alumni of the seminary who have made significant contributions in ministry.

Criteria:

  1. Field of Ministry: The GRTS Alumnus of the Year award is intended to honor the achievement and faithful service of specific GRTS alumni from a variety of ministry fields. Careful consideration will be given to alumni from all fields of ministry (i.e., local church, missions, education, para church).
  2. Length of Ministry: Longevity of ministry and extended faithful service are priority considerations for this award. Generally, candidates will possess a minimum of 15 years of full-time ministry involvement.
  3. Character/Reputation: Candidates for the award should be reputable and demonstrate godly character.
  4. Achievement/Influence: Individual achievements and professional influence should be given careful attention. This would include academic achievement, ministry positions, board service and other forms of leadership.
  5. Biblical/Theological Orientation: Candidates for the award should embrace evangelical perspectives on core Christian theology and be engaged in ministry settings which affirm similar commitments. 

Recipients: Offered to alumni (at least 12 completed credits) who are graduates of at least 10 years.

Presentation: The award is presented during the annual Winter Homecoming Gala.

Recipients

PGS Alumnus of the Year

Est. 2012

Oversight: Alumni Relations

Introduction: The Professional and Graduate Studies Alumnus of the Year Award is intended to recognize the faithful service of specific alumni who have made significant contributions in their world for Christ.

Criteria:

  1. Profession: The PGS Alumnus of the Year award is intended to honor the achievement and service of specific PGS alumni from a variety of professional fields. Careful consideration will be given to alumni of all professions, including education, business, ministry, social entrepreneurism, etc.
  2. Influence: The influence that an individual has through his/her faith and calling are priority considerations for this award. Generally, candidates will have demonstrated the ability to influence society and extend impact in their circle of influence.
  3. Character/Reputation: Candidates for the award possess a reputation for Godly character.
  4. Achievement: Individual achievements should be given careful attention. This would include academic achievement, professional positions, board service and other forms of leadership. 

Recipients: Presented to alumni (at least 12 completed credits) of Cornerstone University’s school of Professional and Graduate Studies.

Presentation: The award is presented during the annual Winter Homecoming Gala.

Recipients

Young Alumnus of the Year

Est. 2012

Oversight: Alumni Relations

Introduction: The Young Alumnus of the Year Award is intended to recognize the faithful service of specific alumni (at least 36 completed credits) who have made significant contributions in their world for Christ. The award is available to graduates of any of the three institutions.

Criteria:

  1. Age: Recipient must have graduated from the University within ten years from the scheduled presentation of the Award.
  2. Profession: The Young Alumnus of the Year award is intended to honor the achievement and service of specific traditional undergraduate alumni from a variety of professional fields. Careful consideration will be given to alumni of all professions. 
  3. Influence: The influence that an individual has through his/her faith and calling are priority considerations for this award. Generally, candidates will have demonstrated the ability to influence society, having reflected values of academic excellence and community investment. 
  4. Character/Reputation: Candidates for the award possess a reputation for Godly character, with a daily pursuit of Christ-centered thinking and living.
  5. Achievement: The achievements of individuals are given careful attention and may be in any field or endeavor, having made such accomplishments while maintaining a Christ-honoring perspective in every aspect of life.

Recipients: Offered to alumni who are 35 years old and younger.

Presentation: The award is presented during the annual Winter Homecoming Gala.

Recipients

Alumni Involvement

Est. 2012

Oversight: Alumni Relations

Introduction: The Alumni Involvement Award is intended to recognize the faithful service of specific alumni who have made significant contributions on our campus for Christ.

Criteria:

  1. Influence: Candidates have maintained a quality association with Cornerstone University, its programs and/or its students in the form of significant financial aid, time and/or talent, or any combination thereof.
  2. Character: Candidates for the award possess a reputation for godly character, with a daily pursuit of Christ-centered thinking and living.
  3. Involvement: The Alumni Involvement recipient has exhibited a significant concern for and contribution to the development and success of Cornerstone University following graduation.

Recipients: Offered to alumni (at least 36 completed credits) of the traditional undergraduate, seminary, and Professional & Graduate Studies (PGS) programs.

Presentation: The award is presented during the annual Winter Homecoming Gala.

Recipients

Faculty Hall of Honor

Established: 2002

Oversight: Alumni Relations

Introduction: The Cornerstone University Alumni Association governing board voted to recognize individuals who have been the backbone, and the heart, of this institution throughout its history. The Cornerstone University Faculty Hall of Honor pays tribute to past and longtime current faculty members for their uncompromising dedication, tireless service and unfailing commitment to the school and its students. Their sacrifice has allowed Cornerstone University to continue and grow to become what it is today. The impact of those “life-changers” is still felt by their students, and God has been glorified in all of it, the most significant measure of success.

Criteria:

1. 15 years of service (minimum)
2. Significant achievement in field of study and advancement in learning
3. Faithful support of CU
4. Ability to effectively communicate in the classroom
5. Active involvement in students’ lives
6. Active involvement in campus activities
7. Demonstrated leadership involving positive CU change
8. Involvement in the community

Recipients: Offered to faculty of Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Cornerstone College, Grand Rapids Baptist College and Seminary, Baptist Bible Institute, and Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music.

Presentation: This award is presented during the annual Winter Homecoming Gala.

Inductees

Awards