Alumni Awards


Wathen Grant

Over the past thirteen years, more than $650,000 in Wathen Technology Grants have been awarded. Vincennes University faculty and staff research, analyze, and then propose innovative teaching techniques centered on the use of technology. The goal is to keep VU at the forefront of higher education as it grows and changes to meet the developing needs of businesses and employers. The Wathen Fund was created by Thomas W. Wathen a Vincennes native and 1949 VU graduate, during the University’s Third Century of Excellence capital campaign. The $1 million gift to establish the fund was made to assist VU in advancing its educational mission by addressing the technology challenges of the future. Mr. Wathen endowed the fund with the VU Foundation and the annual income from the gift is used to award the grants.

Walter A Davis

The Walter A Davis Citation has been presented each year since 1952 including 3 years with dual recipients.

Walter A Davis spent his career dedicated to educational opportunities and community development in many roles including: K-12 educator and school administrator; Superintendent of Schools in Bicknell – Go Bulldogs! – and later in Covington, Indiana; through the army where he was able to create schools for service-members and veterans; and finally at Vincennes University where after spending two short years, his leadership was recognized by the Board of Trustees and he was appointed President of Vincennes University, a post he held for 25 years. 

The Vincennes University Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Walter A. Davis Memorial Citation. If you know someone that has given outstanding service to our community and is a resident of the greater Vincennes area or a VU Alum please nominate them!

Click on Walter A Davis to access this year's nomination form.

Honorary Doctorates

Honorary doctorates are often presented at commencement ceremonies in recognition of one's achievements, life experiences, or humanitarian efforts. Over 140 honorary degrees have been awarded since 1952.
View a list of the recipients HERE.

Alumni Awards

The Alumni Association recognized the outstanding service and accomplishments of its alumni and friends. The Distinguished Alumni Award, the Recent Outstanding Alumni Award, the Big Apple Award, and the President's Service Award are currently awarded to deserving recipients. Complete a nomination form HERE.