Gertrude Rich Award

Acknowledging outstanding alumnae

The Gertrude Rich Award was first presented in 1972 to Ruth Kivett Smith, BA/BS’39.  There have been 44 women honored with the award given in memory of Gertrude Rich, the wife of Claude Rich, chief executive of the IU Alumni Association from 1948-1968. It is given to IUAA women volunteer leaders who have provided significant guidance to and impact on alumni programs or communities.

Make a Nomination for the Gertrude Rich Award

Eligibility for Award
  • Only living women, regardless of attending or graduating from IU, are eligible.
  • The nominee must be a member of the IUAA and shall have made contributions of time and talent benefiting IUAA, her chapter, affiliate group, constituent society, or campus.
Nominations and Selection
  • Nominations will be submitted to the IUAA in January and February of each year.
  • Honorees will be selected by a committee consisting of members of the Executive Resource Team and volunteers appointed by the CEO.
  • It is suggested that the awards be made to individuals from as many communities, campuses, and backgrounds as possible.  
  • The awards shall be given at the awards banquet held in conjunction with the Alumni Leaders Conference in June of each year.
  • Award recipients must be present at the banquet.