Awards

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Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff

Established: 1963

Purpose: Awarded every other year to the faculty or staff member who has demonstrated a loyalty and devotion to Bowdoin not only in the fulfillment of his or her position at the College, but through active involvement in a broad number of activities and with a broad number of constituencies during his or her time at Bowdoin. The award is presented for service and devotion to Bowdoin, recognizing that the College in a large sense includes both students and alumni.

Alumni Service Award

Established: 1932 as Alumni Achievement Award. Name changed in 1953.

Purpose: Awarded to the alumnus or alumna whose services to Bowdoin most deserve recognition. The award honors a record of service rather than a single act or achievement. It is the highest honor given by the Alumni Council.

Alumni Footprints Award 

Established: 2004; Renamed: 2016; Remained: 2021

Purpose:  In keeping with the heralded words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Class of 1825, this award recognizes a volunteer who has left "footprints on the sands of time" through through professional, academic, and/or volunteer activities demonstrating leadership for the Common Good and a commitment to serving others.

Please note that in 2021 the purpose of this award was reimagined. Award recipients prior to 2022 were recognized for service to Bowdoin by organizing regional and identity programs.

Distinguished Educator Award

Established: 1964

Purpose: Awarded every other year to recognize outstanding achievement in education (teaching or administration) by a Bowdoin alumnus in any field and at any level of education.

Dominique Johnson '11 - Foot Soldier 2021

Foot Soldier of Bowdoin Award

Established: 1999 by the Bowdoin College Alumni Council through the generosity of David Z. Webster ’57

Purpose: The Foot Soldier of Bowdoin Award honors an individual who, during the prior year, showed tireless dedication to college initiatives in Development, Admissions and/or Alumni Relations. In addition to sponsoring the award, the Foot Soldier of Bowdoin Award and Scholarship Fund finances a scholarship given in the recipient's name to a deserving Bowdoin student or students.

Polar Bear Award

Established: 1999

Purpose: Awarded in recognition of significant personal contributions and outstanding dedication to Bowdoin. The award honors a record of service rather than a single act or achievement.

Young Alumni Service Award

Established: 1999

Purpose: Awarded in recognition of distinguished and outstanding service to Bowdoin. The award honors a record of service rather than a single act or achievement. (Alumni whose classes have graduated within 10 years of the commencement preceding the award ceremony are eligible.)

Alumni Fund Awards