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Distinguished Alumni Awards

Celebrating Dedicated Broncos

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed upon an alumna/alumnus.

Every year, the Alumni Association honors excellence by bestowing a number of awards to alumni with outstanding achievements. These individuals exemplify the loyalty, passion and innovation found in all dedicated Broncos. Honorees are recognized at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala the night before Homecoming. Nominations are due March 1.

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About the Awards

2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala

Please join us for an inspirational evening of celebrating creating legacies and extraordinary alumni. The Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Double R Ranch Ballroom at Stueckle Sky Center. Click here to register to attend.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients 2021

  • Danielle Bennion ’93

    CEO, Preventative Health

    Radiologic Science
  • Soñia Galavi

    Soñia Galaviz ’02, ’05, ’20

    5th-grade teacher, Garfield Elementary School

    Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, Bilingual / ESL; Master’s in Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Zach Higgins

    Zach Higgins '09

    Owner and CEO, Wright Brothers, The Building Company, Eagle, LLC

    Construction Management
  • Jim Martin

    Jim Martin '87

    Partner, Hawley Troxell

    Criminal Justice, 1990 Juris Doctor from University of Idaho
  • Brent Moylan '84

    Senior Vice President and CFO, J.R. Simplot Company


Distinguished Alumni Service Award Recipient 2021

  • Tamara Thompson '92

    Partner and Director of Client Services, The Land Group, and Alumni Association Board of Directors

    Construction Management

Past Recipients

Proud Sponsors

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Liberty Mutual Insurance is the proud sponsor of the Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala and is a long-standing affinity partner with the Boise State Alumni Association. Liberty Mutual has partnered with the Alumni Association to offer alumni exclusive savings on Liberty Mutual Auto and Home Insurance. Liberty Mutual offers personalized coverage, Multi-Car and Multi-Policy Discounts, 24-Hour Claims Assistance and more. Liberty Mutual is trusted countrywide for quality coverage and exceptional service.

For alumni who live in the Boise area, please call (208) 323-7755. For alumni outside of Idaho, visit the Liberty Mutual Website directly or call (800) 524-9400 (mention client #4020).

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Mountain America Credit Union is a proud title sponsor of the Boise State Alumni Association. Mountain America is a full-service financial institution, founded in the 1930s. They are community focused with six branches in the Boise area and more than 90 across the mountain west. Mountain America provides a variety of personal and business financial services designed to help members achieve their financial dreams including Auto Loans, Mortgages, SBA Loans, Youth Accounts, and Retirement Planning. Becoming a member is easy – ask how you can join! Learn more at Mountain America Credit Union.

When you take advantage of your alumni membership benefit savings by choosing Liberty Mutual Insurance and Mountain America Credit Union, those dollars help fund legacy scholarships, and quality events and programs that ensure the success and enrich the experience that is Boise State University.