Poet Awards

Poet Awards are 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 at Whittier.

Nominated by their peers and voted on by the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Poet Awardees represent some of the best of our Whittier College community and extended family.

2017 Poet Awardees

Cheryl Boone IsaacsAlumnus/a Achievement Award for superior accomplishments in his/her career

Cheryl Boone Isaacs '71





Chris EvansService to the College Award, for extensive service to the College since graduation

Chris Evans '68





Susan HarveyCommunity Impact Award, recognizing important contributions made by an alumnus/a to his/her home community

Susan (Elliott) Harvey '67



John PeelHonorary Alumnus/a Award , for outstanding non-alumni members of the College community who have enhanced the Whittier College experience for alumni

John Peel P'10 P'14




Jeffrey ClevelandOutstanding Young Alumnus/a Award , recognizing a graduate within the last 15 years who has demonstrated significant achievement in his/her professional life

Jeffrey Cleveland '02



The following categories of recognition are only intermittently awarded, based on outstanding achievement that does not fall within the criteria or specifications of the above categories of award (for past recipients list, click on the category link):

Purple & Gold Honorary Service, recognizing significant alumnus/a contributions, support, and volunteerism given to the Whittier College Athletic Program

Dezember Distinguished Service Medal, for outstanding and extensive leadership, service, and commitment in support of and on behalf of Whittier College

Poet Award Honoree, recognizing special deeds or volunteer work done in support of a special Whittier College initiative