This award is presented annually to an NSU alumnus who, through personal achievement and service, has brought honor and distinction to both himself/herself and the University. Past recipients are:
   

1964: Guy Lookabaugh
1965: Maurine Smith
1966: D.M. Wadley
1967: Valgene Littlefield
1968: Phillip Bohart
1969: Jack Dobbins
1970: O.W. Jones, Jr.
1971: William Bright
1972: Bertha Parker
1973: James O. Davis
1974: Vaud A. Travis, Sr.
1975: Rennard Strickland
1976: Capt. Frank Manson, U.S.N.R.
1977: John Kenneth Selby
1978: J. Roy Dodds
1979: Errol McKoy
1980: Grace Hudlin
1981: Jack Kaufman
1982: Jack Kisner
1983: G.L. Hollabaugh
1984: Jack Graves
1985: Gene Branscum
1986: Bob Cunningham
1987: L.P. Woods, Jr.
1988: Capt. John D. MacDonald
1989: Dr. Warren Gartner
1990: G.G. Morgan

1991: Betty (Ross) Gruenberg
1992: Sandy Garrett
1993: Oren Terrill
1994: Mary Golda Ross
1995: Larry D. Fleming
1996: Shawntel Smith
1997: Dr. Victor Robards
1998: Charles Faudree
1999: G. Ellis Gable - Billie Letts - Dr. Diane Willis - Dennis Letts
2000: Joan Hill
2001: Dr. William Bright  -  Betty Durham Price
2002: Larry Coker  -  Dr. Harold Battenfield
2003: Senator Herb Rozell  -  Jack Castleberry
2004: Bill & Doris Hinds - Gregg Wadley - Drew Edmondson
2005: Larry Adair  -  Dr. John Carletti
2006: Phillip Driskill  -  Robert Roady
2007: Teresa Miller
2008: Michele McCarthy  -  Dr. Linda Sue Warner
2009: Bob Berry - Ron Evans
2010: Lowell Lehman - Ron Quiett

2011: Mary Battenfield - Joe Sears - Barbara Staggs
2012: Joe Gilbert - Willard Jones
2013: Dianne Barker Harrold - Jimmy Houston
2014: Bill Pierce - Will Thomas
2015: Bill John Baker - Darrell Sullenger
2016: George Elliott - Larry Winget