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Rawls College Awards

Rawls College has a long tradition of honoring distinguished and committed individuals who have shaped the world and strengthened their communities. Each year, the college recognizes the diverse talents and accomplishments of Rawls College alumni and friends with a variety of awards.

Business Champion Award

The Business Champion Award recognizes Texas Tech alumni whose contributions and accomplishments have made a significant impact on Rawls College and/or the business community as a whole. Throughout their careers, honorees have contributed significantly to Texas Tech and their industry and communities, while upholding the highest standards and values.

Distinguished Alumni Award

The highest honor Rawls College bestows upon alumni and friends, the Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a record of distinguished service and extraordinary achievement in their chosen field. The honoree(s) have made a positive impact on both Rawls College and Texas Tech, serving as an inspiration to current students and alumni. To be considered for the award, individuals must have attended Rawls College. View past recipients, submit a nomination and learn more.

Distinguished Partner Award

The Distinguished Partner Award recognizes non-alumni individuals and/or organizations who have made a significant impact on Rawls College and have a history of: hiring Rawls College alumni, mentoring Rawls College students, contributing monetarily and/or furthering the success of Rawls College.

G.O.L.D. Award

The Graduates of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D) Award recognizes Rawls College alumni who graduated during the last decade. Honorees have made significant contributions to their community, their profession or Rawls College through early-career roles, leadership and/or volunteer service. They are committed to improving Rawls College and serve as an example of how to transition into business careers after graduation.

Innovation Award

The Innovation Award recognizes Rawls College alumni who have demonstrated the ability to establish a new business or turn around/significantly grow an established business. Honorees have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the next generation of entrepreneurs.

View a recording of the 2020 virtual awards ceremony.

Nominate a Deserving Individual

Nominations for the 2021 awards cycle have closed. Awardees will be honored on Friday, September 17, 2021 at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. Ticket sales will open soon.


Julie Doss, J.D.
Senior Director of Engagement and External Relations