Alumni Awards

A Tradition of Recognition & Respect 

Each year, during Homecoming & Family Weekend, the Bluefield University Alumni Association honors distinguished alumni for their professional and personal accomplishments as well as their service to the community. Those recognized are nominated by their peers.

Nominations must be made by June 1 to be considered for that year’s induction ceremony. Below, you’ll find information about each alumni award, including the BU Athletics Hall of Fame, and the nomination form. Please be sure to include as much information as possible about the nominee to ensure the selection committee has adequate information to make a determination.

Hall of Distinguished Graduates

The alumnus/alumna selected for this award must meet the following requirements:

  • The individual must be a Bluefield University graduate age fifty years or older.
  • Throughout their life, they must have reached outstanding accomplishments in their profession, business, community, state, or nation.
  • They also must have displayed significant leadership to his/her community through service or profession and represent the values and mission of Bluefield University.

Recipients must not be a current sitting member on the Association Board of Directions. They must display significant service and contribution to the Alumni Association of Bluefield University.

All Bluefield University graduates are eligible for this award. Alumni that did not graduate from Bluefield University are not eligible for this award.  This award will be given to only one recipient each year at Homecoming.

Honorary Alumni Award

This award was established to honor individuals who are not alumni of Bluefield University. However, they are to be commended and given honorary alumni status due to their significant contributions of service and support to the University and its mission and vision. This person must also be a representation of the values and mission of Bluefield University.

This award will be presented each year at Homecoming to no more than one individual or couple.

Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award

The alumnus/alumna selected for this award must meet the following requirements:

  • The individual must be a Bluefield University alumnus/alumna, and at least forty years old.
  • Throughout their life, they must have reached outstanding accomplishments in their profession, business, community, state, or nation.
  • They also must have displayed significant leadership to his/her community through service or profession, and represent the values and mission of Bluefield University.

Recipients must not be a current sitting member on the Association Board of Directions. They must display significant service and contribution to the Alumni Association of Bluefield University.

All Bluefield University Association members are eligible for this award. This award will be given to only one recipient each year at Homecoming.

Distinguished Young Alumnus/Alumna Award

The alumnus/alumna that is selected for this award must meet the following requirements:

  • The individual must be a Bluefield University graduate forty (40) years old or younger, and exhibit the values and mission of Bluefield University.
  • Outstanding accomplishments in their profession, business, community, state, or nation will be the criteria used to select individuals.
  • Other criteria will include the display of significant leadership to his/her community through service or profession, and the individual must also represent the value and mission of Bluefield University.

Recipients must not be a current sitting member on the Association Board of Directors. He/She must display significant service and contribution to the Alumni Association of Bluefield University.

All Bluefield University graduates are eligible for this award. Alumni that did not graduate from Bluefield University are not eligible for this award. This award will be given to only one recipient each year at Homecoming.

Volunteer of the Year Award

This award is presented each year at Homecoming to an individual, alumnus/alumna, or friend of Bluefield University, who displays service to the University through service. The measurement of service can be identified through fundraising, recruiting, support, or faithful service to the University, and the event should be a significant endeavor. This individual must also be a representative of the values and mission of Bluefield University.

Primitivo Delgado Christian Service Award

Bluefield University holds service as a core value. It is seen in student activities, the University’s academic programs, and is a way of life for the faculty, staff, and alumni of the University. Therefore in 2004, the Primitivo Delgado Christian Service Award was created.

This recipient should be either a Bluefield University graduate, alumni, faculty member, staff member, or student. The individual should display continual service and compassion in his/her ministry. He/She also must have displayed significant leadership to his/her community through service or profession, and represent the values and mission of Bluefield University. Recipients must not be a current sitting member on the Association Board of Directors. This award will be given to only one recipient or couple each year at Homecoming.

Athletics Hall of Fame

The Bluefield University Athletic Hall of Fame was established to pay tribute and give recognition to former athletes, coaches, and others of meritorious service who have made exceptional contributions to the athletic programs of the University.  Membership shall consist of athletes, coaches, trainers, athletic administrators, and others of meritorious service who fulfilled the purpose of this established award.  Inductees will be selected by a committee of the following individuals:

  • Bluefield University Director of Alumni Relations, Chair
  • Bluefield University Athletic Director
  • Two coaches from the active coaching staff at Bluefield University
  • The faculty representative to athletics at Bluefield University
  • The Bluefield University Alumni Association Vice President
  • A Bluefield University Alumni Association member

Athlete Criteria:

  • One must have been an athlete as documented in the College’s records.
  • The nominee must have graduated from Bluefield University.

At least two years of the nominee’s intercollegiate athletic competition must have been at Bluefield University.

Omar Reed '10 BC Athletics Hall of Fame Award Winner

Alumni Awards Reception 2017
Omar Reed (’10) – BU Athletics Hall of Fame

Amber Macdonald '12 Distinguished Young Alumna Award Winner

Alumni Awards Reception 2018
Amber Macdonald (’12) – Distinguished Young Alumna

Rod Hale '60 Christian Service Award Winner

Alumni Awards Reception 2016
Rod Hale (’60) – Primitivo Delgado Christian Service Award

Howard Mayo '88, Mark Blevins '92, Lamont Woods '92, Daniel Brown '85

Alumni Awards Reception 2015
Howard Mayo (’88), Mark Blevins, Lamont Woods (’92), Daniel Brown (’85)

Tim Sharp '74 Hall of Distinguished Graduates Award Winner

Alumni Awards Reception 2015
Tim Sharp (’74) – Hall of Distinguished Graduates

Alumni Award Nomination Form

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231