Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Alumni Award was established by the Southeastern Community College Alumni Association to recognize and honor an alumna/us of SCC or its predecessor colleges, Burlington Junior College, Burlington Community College, and Keokuk Community College, who has achieved substantial public recognition for their accomplishments or success.

Distinguished Alumni Sholarships

Every year the SCCAA awards Distinguished Alumni Scholarships worth $1,000 each to graduating SCC students who are transferring to continue their education after SCC.

Distinguished Alumni are honored annually for their outstanding contributions to their communities and professions. Nominations are due annually August 1.

Nominate an Alumni

To nominate an individual for the Distinguished Alumni Award, click here.

Click here for a complete list of Distinguished Alumni from 1997-2014.

2014 Distinguished Alumni



Linda S. Murphy (SCC Keokuk Campus, 1995)

Murphy graduated from SCC in 1995. She attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in English. Her debut young adult novel, Reaper, was published in January 2013.  Murphy is also a network co-representative for the Southern Illinois region of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and St. Louis Writer’s Guild.



Craig Upton (SCC West Burlington Campus, 1975 & 1983)

Upton graduated from SCC in 1975 with an Associate of Applied Science of Mechanical Technology degree. He worked for Winegard Co., General Electric, and Caterpillar before starting his own business, KPI Concepts, in 1984.






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