In 1997 the Executive Committee established The Alumni Association Award, to recognize and honor those members of the Association who have been a credit to the School and its teachings. The Alumni Association Award is the highest distinction that can be bestowed on an alumna or alumnus by the Association. Its recipients are those living alumni who, through outstanding service, have improved the quality of life in a community on a local, national, or global level. The recipients are selected by the Presidents Council, which comprises the president and past presidents of the Alumni Association, as well as the Executive Director and past Executive Directors. The Award is presented at the Alumni Association Annual Meeting in April.