Alumni Awards & Organizations

Alumni Awards

Each year, Hardin-Simmons honors our alumni and former students. Awards are given for outstanding achievements in either their careers, their community, or their dedication to HSU.

If you know of an alum who meets the criteria for one of our awards, please click here to nominate them.

The Alumni Service Award is the highest alumni honor HSU can bestow. It has been presented since 1943 to former student(s) who has contributed the most in his or her field of endeavor toward the betterment of HSU, or who has rendered the greatest service to the University. Awards are selected by a committee whose members are established by campus leadership role.

This award, given since 1970, is presented to alumni whose personal and professional accomplishments are exemplary of the ideals and aims of the University and thus bring honor to HSU. Awards are selected by a committee whose members are established by campus leadership role.

This award recognizes alumni less than 45 years old who have attained outstanding achievements in their field of endeavor, community, state or nation. This award was created by the Board of Young Associates and was first presented in 2004.

The Athletics Hall of Fame honors former athletes and coaches who made a significant contribution to HSU and the athletics program. They are selected at least 10 years after completing their HSU playing career (after five years for coaches), by a committee including current and former HSU athletes from various sports. Nominations are accepted year-round.

Alumni Association

All HSU graduates automatically become members of the Alumni Association. All Association members receive the Range Rider and other Alumni Relations mailings.

This governing body for the Alumni Association meets regularly and assists in structuring alumni-related programming. This working board of 21 members (max) represents a wide variety of demographics. They meet 4-5 times a year, usually on campus. Each member is integral to the Board’s success.

The Alumni Association Board, in partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations, seeks to communicate with alumni and to provide avenues for alumni to continue and further their relationship with HSU and with others among the 20,000 alumni throughout the world.

The Hardin Simmons BYA is a select group of alumni who volunteer to help HSU achieve its mission! Members are under the age of 40 and passionate about providing quality education in a Christian environment for all HSU students.

The Board is involved in many areas including but not limited to; assisting in recruitment, fundraising, and the promotion of academic excellence and student leadership; encouraging alumni support and participation, and providing assistance as requested for projects and activities.

Are you interested in becoming part of the BYA? Membership is offered to applicants who are three years past their graduation date and under the age of 40. Total number of members does not exceed 75. Membership to the Board is granted upon invitation through the BYA membership committee with the approval of the University and Board of Trustees.

The Board of Development is made up of alumni, exes and friends who desire to support Hardin-Simmons University. The Board members support the University through awarding student scholarships, promoting awareness, sparking interest, and providing financial support for the University. The Vice President for Advancement serves as the administrative officer for the Board. The board meetings are held at Homecoming and in the Spring.