Poet Awards


Poet Awardees represent some of the best of our Whittier College community and extended family.

For decades, the Poet Awards have been presented to select members of the alumni body, chosen for their outstanding service, commitment, and loyalty to Whittier College, and for individual professional and personal achievements that best reflect the ideals and values taught here at Whittier. 

2019 Poet Awards

Honorees will be recognized during a formal ceremony at the Poet Awards Recognition Reception & Dinner, Friday, October 11, 2019, during Homecoming weekend.

Read the full announcement on the College newspage

George Ekins ’95Joseph McCarthy ’97

Alumni Achievement Award

For superior accomplishments in their career

George Ekins ’95 and Joseph McCarthy ’97
Principals and Co-founders of American Dream Fund




Eliseo Alex Tenorio

Service to the College Award

For extensive service to the College since graduation

Eliseo “Alex” Tenorio ’74





Erich ’85 and Yvette Nall ’86

Community Impact Award

Recognizing important contributions made by an alumni to their home community

Erich ’85 and Yvette Nall ’86 
Authors and Entrepreneurs 


Yasmin Khorram ’10

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Recognizing a graduate within the last 15 years who has demonstrated significant achievement in their professional life.

Yasmin Khorram ’10
Field Producer for CNBC