Each academic year Saunders College of Business confers a number of awards to honor exemplary alumni and friends. Award criteria differ from award to award.

Contact Director of Alumni Relations, Bill Sachman, with any questions.

Nomination Process

All nominations must be submitted via an online nomination form. Nominees not selected will remain in the pool for one additional year. After this time, their nomination will have to be updated and resubmitted by anyone still wishing to nominate this person for this award. Self-nominations are not accepted. A description of each award can be found below.

Award Presentations

Awardees will be honored at Recommence taking place during Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend.

College Award Descriptions

Outstanding Business Leader Award

The Business Leader Award recognizes individuals who personify the mission of Saunders College of Business. Alumni are chosen annually to represent three of the four college departments, MBA program, and EMBA program. Through outstanding achievements and civic, cultural, and charitable contributions, these individuals bring honor to Saunders College of Business, their respective department, Rochester Institute of Technology, and over 25,000 alumni the college represents. Ideal candidates have made a significant impact on their field and/or contributed to the success of their respective department.

Sarah Margret Gillam Award

The alumni award given by the Department of International Hospitality & Service Innovation to an alumnus/alumna who has distinguished themselves in a significant way in a hospitality career. Criteria for the award is based on the recipient's outstanding contribution to hospitality services and excellence within industry and community. The Sarah Margaret Gillam Award serves as the Department of International Hospitality & Service Innovation’s Outstanding Business Leader Award.

The Sarah Margaret Gillam Award is named for the 1916 graduate of the Mechanics Institute. Sarah Margaret Gillam taught and developed new courses in food service, consulted for both the Veterans Administration and the New York Hospital-Cornell medical center, was a dietitian at Rochester General Hospital and former president and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She was named RIT's 1967 Outstanding Alumna.

Outstanding Community Partner Award

This award is given to an exemplary business, corporation, foundation, or non-profit partner of the Saunders College of Business. Eligible candidates have shown a long-standing commitment to the employment of our students and alumni, have engaged in various academic research/sponsorship collaborations and/or have philanthropically supported the college to help foster innovation and student success.

Phil Saunders Cornerstone of Philanthropy Award

This award is presented to a graduate, faculty, staff, or friend who exemplifies a groundbreaking spirit and gives selflessly to Saunders College of Business and RIT through philanthropic support. The awardee has impacted Saunders College of Business students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the RIT community.

Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award

This award is presented to a Saunders College of Business faculty or staff member for his/her dedication to the college's mission and vision. The awardee shows commitment to Saunders College of Business, both inside and outside the classroom, and serves as a model to other faculty and staff members.