Alumni Awards and Nominations2022-09-05T17:25:26+00:00


2022 Award Recipients

Congratulations to this year’s award winners! Awards will be presented during the Alumni Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 15 (Homecoming Weekend). Make plans to join us, RSVP here!

Distinguished Alumni Award:
Carthan Currin ’84

Outstanding Young Alumni Award:
Matthew Woods ’12

Beckham Medallion:
Phyllis Karavatakis ’76

Award Nominations

Distinguished Alumni Award

Ferrum College will recognize the outstanding achievements of alumni who exemplify the three eras of Ferrum College: Ferrum Training School, Ferrum Junior College, and Ferrum College.

Nominees should:

  • have a record of exceptional career achievement and of service to their community, church, or other organizations.
  • have been active in College life during their time at Ferrum and have remained involved in and supportive of Ferrum College as alumni.
  • Nominees should be an alumnus or alumna of Ferrum College.  If not a Ferrum graduate, nominees should have attended Ferrum College (as a Junior College attendee) for three or more semesters, or attended Ferrum College (as a four year college) for four or more semesters.
  • exemplify in all aspects of their lives the spirit of Ferrum’s motto, “Not Self, But Others.

Names, addresses, and biographical information should be sent to Ferrum College, Alumni Office, PO Box 1000, Ferrum, VA 24088-9000, by FAX 540-365-4203, or by email to

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award

In honor of our younger alumni, we have created an award which recognizes their accomplishments and achievements within the last fifteen years to Ferrum College.

  • Awards would be given to alumni who are bringing honor to their alma mater through their outstanding achievements.
  • Three outstanding alumni will be chosen annually, one each to represent the College’s three schools, highlighting our diverse disciplines.
  • Nominees must have received his or her undergraduate degree from Ferrum College within the last 15 years.
  • Nominees must demonstrate outstanding promise and success in a professional career.
  • Other attributes considered will be civic, cultural, and charitable involvement.
  • Submissions will be accepted from Ferrum College alumni, faculty, and staff.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award Nomination Form

Beckham Medallion Award
Named after Dr. Benjamin M. Beckham, the first president of Ferrum College, the Beckham Medallion is the highest tribute bestowed upon an alumnus/a. The distinction honors those who exemplify the College motto, “Not Self, But Others” and who have demonstrated exceptional career success, service to their community, and dedication to Ferrum College.

Sports Hall of Fame

In honor of over eighty years of Panther Athletics, and in recognition of the many contributions Ferrum student-athletes have made throughout their careers, the Ferrum Alumni Association and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its inaugural season of the Ferrum College Alumni Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.  It is very important that the selection committee receive as complete a package as possible for each nominee to include playing records/statistics, athletic honors, and continuing achievements and service since leaving Ferrum. Committee members rely mostly on the information provided in the nomination package, so completeness is important. In order to be considered, nominees should:

  • Exemplify the highest ideals of small college athletics, sportsmanship, and the spirit of Ferrum’s motto, “Not Self, But Others.”
  • Have excelled in one or more sports while at Ferrum College, and then have gone on to achieve significant success in a career field.
  • Be an alumnus or alumna of Ferrum College. If not a Ferrum graduate, nominee should have attended Ferrum for three or more semesters. The selection committee and the Alumni Board of Directors also may induct honorary members such as Coaches and other individuals who made a significant impact on Ferrum Athletics.
  • Have graduated or transferred from Ferrum College at least 10 years prior to nomination. This year we are looking for student athletes that left the College prior to June 2012.  

Sports Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Past Recipients

Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Young Alumni
2021 Sports Hall of Fame

2021 Distinguished Alumni Award

Rev. Dr. Burton White ’84

For a full listing of Ferrum College Outstanding Distinguished Alumni Recipients, click here

2021 Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Paul Jaglowski ’12
Ra’meer Roberts ’13

2021 Sports Hall of Fame:

Trica Moore Barber ’06
Melvin Dillard ’92
Roben Sutphin Thomas ’96
Tara Toland ’05
Mark White ’96
Gary Holden- Special Recognition
Vickie Van Kleeck- Special Recognition