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Spirit Awards

Do you know an Alabama State University alumnus who should be recognized for making a difference in the community – and the world?

You have a unique opportunity to honor deserving ASU graduates. The University is seeking nominations for the Spirit of Marion and Spirit of Tullibody Awards to be presented during the 124th  Founders' Day Convocation on February 2, 2024..

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, December 5, 2023.

These two awards honor the memories of William Burns Paterson, one of Alabama State University's longest-serving presidents, and the group known as the Marion Nine, who co-founded a pioneer educational institution that evolved into what is now Alabama State University.

We encourage you to become involved by helping the University select this year’s award recipients.

Learn more about the awards, and how you can submit your nomination online:


This award recognizes individuals or organizations whose professional efforts have created innovation, positive change or notable advancement in an industry, environment or concept. Like the Marion Nine, nominees must demonstrate great vision, honorable citizenship and success in the face of challenge.

The person or organization nominated for this award must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an ASU graduate, faculty or staff member, or organization whose leader is an ASU graduate, faculty or staff member;
  • Have a record of noteworthy community outreach efforts; and,
  • Demonstrate a positive impact on the community.

SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION ONLINE for the Spirit of Marion Award by December 5, 2023.


This award honors the brave and forward-thinking spirit of William Burns Paterson by recognizing the courageous and innovative achievements of an ASU alumnus who has made notable professional and civic contributions to the community and to ASU.

The person nominated for this award must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an ASU graduate;
  • Hold or be retired from a professional position;
  • Be an active alumnus who has made significant contributions;
  • Have a background of notable professional accomplishments; and,
  • Have made great civic contributions.

SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION ONLINE for the Spirit of Tullibody Award by December 5, 2023.