Alumni recipients of the annual Alumni Awards and the biennial Fine Arts Hall of Fame and Athletic Hall of Fame Awards have distinguished themselves as discernibly different through personal and professional achievements and service. They illuminate the values of Sterling College by demonstrating professional excellence, investment in cultural change, community advancement and obedience to Christ's teaching. 

It is with great excitement and honor that the Sterling College Alumni Association, together with C.A.S.T. and SC Athletics, recognizes alumni for their outstanding Kingdom work through these awards. 

Distinguished Service Award (DSA) - Established in 1975, the Distinguished Service Award is the highest alumni award presented by Sterling College. The DSA honors and recognizes a lifetime of service that exemplifies the purposes for which Sterling College exists -exceptional contributions to society, distinguished professional accomplishment, outstanding leadership and character. Nominations are submitted by peers and fellow alumni; are reviewed and selected by the Sterling College Alumni Council; and then submitted to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for final approval.

Young Alumni Award - The Young Alumni Award is presented to a recent graduate of the past 15 years of who has achieved success as a younger leader and demonstrated excellence in career, service to others, and loyalty to Sterling College.

Spirit of Sterling Award – A Sterling graduate who exemplifies the heart of Sterling College’s mission. This designation honors a servant leader of distinction who embraces Sterling’s mission and serves Christ Jesus in their career, church, community and human relationships.



Excellence in Education Award - A Sterling graduate who demonstrates the dedication, commitment and loyalty to teaching and service to community that reflects the rich heritage of the education department.

Excellence in Ministry Award – A Sterling graduate who has distinguished themselves through service and leadership in the church, missions or ministry-related organization.

Excellence in Business Award - A Sterling graduate who has distinguished themselves in the business field while also integrating Christian values and servant leadership principles and ethics in the marketplace.

Excellence in Scholarship Award - A Sterling graduate who has excelled in scholarship, in or outside the academy, and encourages learning and study from a biblical worldview.

STEM Distinction Award – A Sterling graduate who works in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics field that has achieved significant success in their professional role, and encourages a Christian worldview while discovering innovations and best practices in their field.

Entrepreneurial Excellence Award – A Sterling graduate, a servant leader entrepreneur who has proven success in business – profit or non-profit – and demonstrates a commitment to ethical leadership in the marketplace.

Submit your nominations for a deserving alumni using our Alumni Award Nomination Form. Candidates are evaluated on individual merit and illuminate the values of Sterling College consistently and faithfully by demonstrating professional excellence, investment in cultural change, community advancement and obedience to Christ's teachings. 

A list by year of alumni previously honored can be viewed in the links below.