Distinguished Alumni

Honoring the best of our best.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award was established in 1997 by the Southeastern Community College Alumni Association to recognize and honor an alum of SCC or its predecessor colleges (Burlington Junior College, Burlington Community College, or Keokuk Community College) who has earned a minimum of 30 credit hours at SCC and achieved substantial public recognition for their accomplishments or success. Selected recipients are honored before SCC's commencement ceremony. 

Distinguished Alumni Recipients

Distinguished Alumna Judy Brueck

Nominate Someone for the SCC Distinguished Alumn Award

Nominations are accepted year round for SCC Distinguished Alumni Awards. Nominations received by September 1 are considered at the SCC Alumni Association Board's annual meeting in October for awarding the following calendar year. Awards are confirmed by the SCC Board of Trustees, announced in November, and presented at the commencement ceremonies held in May. Nominations are held for five years; if not selected for the honor after five years, a nomination is eligible for renomination. Couples or other groups of related family members can be submitted as one nomination, if desired.

A reception is held in honor of the awardees before the May commencement ceremonies at Keokuk and West Burlington.

To be eligible, the nominee should have:

  • Earned 30 credit hours at Southeastern Community College or was considered a full-time student for two semesters, and
  • Earned the respect and trust of his/her associates in his/her chosen field, or
  • Made substantial contributions to the good of his/her fellow human beings or be recognized as an outstanding practitioner of his/her profession or vocation, or
  • Served as a motivational force for others in a positive manner.

Although online nominations must be submitted by September 1 to be awarded at the following May commencement, submissions are accepted year-round. At least one additional recommendation letter should accompany the nomination. The information on this form is kept in the strictest confidence.

Nominate an Alum

We look forward to learning about your nominee!

To attend a reception and/or graduation when these honorees are to be celebrated, contact the SCC Alumni Association Office at (319) 208-5062 or at alumnotes@scciowa.edu.

Distinguished Alumni Transfer Scholarships

The SCC Alumni Association takes applications and awards at least one Distinguished Alumnus Scholarship to a graduate from the West Burlington Campus and to a graduate from the Keokuk Campus. The selected graduates must be transferring to continue their education at another post-secondary institution. Each $1,000 award is presented by and in the name of that year's Distinguished Alumnus at that student's Commencement/Graduation event.

Applications for Distinguished Alumni Transfer scholarships are due on April 1.

Transfer Scholarships

To attend a reception and/or graduation when these honorees are to be celebrated, contact the SCC Alumni Association Office at (319) 208-5062 or at alumnotes@scciowa.edu.