The MTSU National Alumni Association has extended the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2020-21 Distinguished Alumni Awards to Friday, May 1.

The awards, which will include an overall Distinguished Alumni recipient and Young Alumni Achievement honoree, recognize those with prolonged records of achievement who have made outstanding contributions to society and who exemplify the ideals for which MTSU stands in extraordinary ways.

This year marks the seventh year for the expanded awards, which include True Blue Citations of Distinction.

People are encouraged to nominate someone online for an award. Criteria and nomination forms can be found

Recipients selected later this year will have a celebration in their honor during MTSU Homecoming Week this fall, as well as be recognized at the Homecoming Parade and football game.

The date for the Homecoming Game against rival Western Kentucky is Saturday, Oct. 3. Homecoming Week will be Sept. 28-Oct. 3.

The True Blue Citations of Distinction will include awards for the following categories:

Achievement in Education MTSU Faculty.

Achievement in Education Non-MTSU Faculty.

Service to Community.

• The David Cullum Award for Service to the University, named in memory of the former president of the National Alumni Association, Blue Raider Athletic Association and MTSU Foundation, who died in May 2013. He was a member of the Class of 1955.

Anyone with questions about the form or process can contact the Office of Alumni Relations by calling 615-898-2922 or 800-533-6878, or email Michelle Stepp, Alumni Relations associate director, at

MTSU has more than 300 combined undergraduate and graduate programs.