Alumni Awards

The Alumni Awards Committee is responsible for establishing and implementing policies and procedures that will

govern the alumni awards program and will include the following responsibilities:

  • Administration of the program
  • Coordination with University departments, offices, and personnel
  • Receiving nominations and reviewing nominees’ qualifications
  • Selecting award recipients
  • Promote the alumni awards program



The following awards are those for which the committee is responsible: the Harold L. Conover Leadership Award, the

Gordon E. Prichard Award for Volunteer Service, the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award and the Outstanding Young

Alumnus/a Award.


The Harold L. Conover Leadership Award

Harold L. Conover ’23 was the prime mover in establishing the Alumni Association and became the association’s first

president. He was a member of the University Board of Trustees for many years which he served as secretary. He had

an extended career in state government serving in high-level positions requiring distinguished leadership.

Criteria for Award: Awarded to a Rider alumnus/a who exhibits or has exhibited exemplary leadership qualities in a

non-profit organization/s, community agencies, professional organizations, or government service.

The Gordon E. Prichard '63 Award for Volunteer Service (presented since 1967)

Gordon E. Prichard ’63 served as a member of the Board of the Alumni Association following graduation. He was

actively involved in numerous student activities throughout his undergraduate years at Rider. Following his untimely

death while a member of the alumni board the members of the board established this award to honor his


Criteria for Award: Awarded to a Rider alumnus/a who distinguished himself/herself by exceptional volunteer service to

the University.

Distinguished Alumnus/a Award (Awarded since 1965)

Criteria for Award: Awarded to a Rider alumnus/a whose successes, exceptional achievements, dedication, and

professionalism bring honor to their alma mater and to themselves.


Outstanding Young Alumnus/a Award (Presented for the first time in 2013)

Criteria for Award: Awarded to a Rider alumnus/a who has completed his/her studies at Rider University within the last

ten years and who has achieved notable success in his/her work, resulting in a positive reflection on the University.


Nomination Process

Any member of the Rider University Alumni Association and Rider community is eligible to nominate alumni for these


Eligibility for Awards 

  • Nominees must be alumni of the University and must be in good standing at the time of graduation. 
  • Current alumni awards committee members or their immediate family members are not eligible to receive these awards. 
  • If the nominee is a current member of the Alumni Board of Directors or Board of Trustees, a two-thirds vote is required for one to be selected for an award.
  • Award recipients are expected to be present at the awards ceremony unless awarded posthumously. 
  • Nominations are for the current year only. 
  • Alumni can be nominated for more than one award.




Awards recipients are invited to an event during Rider Reunions in June of each year.

Click here for a full list of past recipients.