Alumnae and Alumni of Vassar College Awards Program

AAVC started its awards program in 2001 to recognize alumnae/i who have contributed much to the vitality and success of Vassar and AAVC over many years and have inspired generations of Vassar alumnae/i. AAVC currently bestows three awards annually.

The Award for Outstanding Service to Vassar College is presented to an alumna/us in recognition of her or his extraordinary commitment, leadership, and service in promoting the goals and highest interests of Vassar College and AAVC. The award honors outstanding contributions made over a number of years in any or all of these volunteer capacities: class, club, and committee activities; fundraising; enriching campus life; or stewardship as board members, trustees, or donors. Outstanding Service Award winners are ambassadors on behalf of Vassar College to the alumnae/i, and to the larger community.

The Award for Distinguished Achievement is presented to an alumna/us who has reached the highest level in her or his field, including the professions, science, the arts, and public affairs. While demonstrating exceptional talent, application, creativity, and skill within a certain career, this individual must at the same time exemplify the ideals of a liberal arts education and have used her or his position of visibility, power, or leadership to better the human community and serve the wider goals of society. The Spirit of Vassar Award is given to an individual or group whose volunteer efforts, directed toward Vassar or another worthy cause, exemplify an enduring spirit of community and caring.

To read more about AAVC’s Awards Program or to nominate someone for an award, visit