National Alumni Awards
Mercer University's National Alumni Association presents several awards each year as part of the Homecoming festivities. These awards are the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Meritorious Service Award, the Thomas Sewell Plunkett Young Alumnus Award and the Alumni By Choice Award.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given to an alumnus/alumna of Mercer University who has served his/her profession in an outstanding manner, and in so doing, has brought honor to his/her person and the University. This award is presented for service to humanity and dedication, which have fostered the ideals of Mercer University.
The Meritorious Service Award is typically presented to an alumnus/alumna of Mercer University who has demonstrated his/her support of the Alumni Association and the University through his/her contribution of time, talents and financial resources. A Meritorious Service Award may also be given to a non-alumnus/friend of the University who has displayed uncommon loyalty and support to Mercer.
The Thomas Sewell Plunkett Young Alumnus Award is given to an alumnus/alumna of Mercer University who has graduated within the past 10 years, is no more than 35 years of age, and has accomplished one or more of the following: Has demonstrated continuous support of the Alumni Association and the University through contributions of time and/or gifts; has made outstanding contributions to a chosen profession; has achieved in such a way that he/she has brought great honor to the individual and the University; has demonstrated service and a commitment to the community; has fostered the ideals, goals and values of the University.
The Alumni By Choice Award recognizes individuals who did not graduate from Mercer but have demonstrated sustained loyalty to the University over the years.