An Alumni Merit Award is given annually to an outstanding alumna/alumnus at the respective school's/college's Alumni Reunion Dinner or other designated alumni event.

Criteria for the Award

  • Being a degreed alumnus/alumna of Creighton University.
  • Having provided distinguished service to the University and/or to his/her own community together with a way of life that clearly exemplifies the University Credo.
  • Having a personal quality that marks him/her as cultured and of high moral principles guided by the Jesuit ideals of being men and women for others.


  • When completing questions 1 and 2 on the nomination form, it is critical that nominators provide specific examples of how the nominee meets the criteria for this citation.
  • A supporting resume/curriculum vitae must accompany the nomination.
  • Up to three letters of support will be accepted.
  • Nominations are due November 19.

Current Recipients

Stephen Luby

College of Arts and Sciences
Stephen Luby, MD, BA’81

Ella Brooks

College of Nursing
Dr. Ella Stradinger Brooks, BSN’81

Anthony DeCanti

College of Professional Studies
Anthony DeCanti, AS'07, BSCS'10

Graduate School
Susan Russell Toohey, EdD'13

Karen Van Dyke

Heider College of Business
Karen Soulliere Van Dyke, BSBA’88

Cynthia Leong

School of Dentistry
Cynthia Leong, DDS’85

Raymund Tananka

School of Dentistry
Raymund Tanaka, BS’79, DDS’83

Cassie Strom

School of Law
Major General Cassie Strom, JD’82

Oliver Harper

School of Medicine
Oliver Harper, MD'70

Brittany Stryker

School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Brittany Stryker, BSHS'06, OTD'06