Over the last 113 years, the school on the hill has produced many honorable alumni. Rogers State University in Claremore has a storied past that began in 1909 when it first began as Eastern University Prep School. Becoming the Oklahoma Military Academy in 1919, the school would evolve to become the Claremore Junior College, Rogers State College, and then Rogers University between 1972-1999. In 2000, Rogers State University was born. Since then, RSU has been a traditional four-year accredited university graduating the first bachelor’s degrees in 2002. It is time to recognize our distinguished alumni and shine a light on their success stories.
Nominations are now open for the inaugural class of awardees. Nominations will close on January 31, 2023. An alumni committee will determine the winners in February and the RSU Alumni Awards ceremony will be held Saturday, April 29, 2023. Thank you for your participation. Our distinguished alumni award categories are as follows.
RSU Alumni Rising Star (graduated in last five years). We will be seeking an alumnus that has hit the ground running after graduation. The ideal nominee will be making big changes in their local community, leading a business, or developing talent all while representing exactly what it mean to be a Hillcat.
RSU Distinguished Hillcat (graduated since 2000). Celebrating over 20 years as a four-year university, this successful nominee will be established in their field and a perfect example of the difference a degree from RSU can make.
Hill Legacy Award (1972-1999). It is always important to give credit to those who came before us. This award is open to anyone that graduated from any of our predecessor schools.
These awards will be presented annually to alumni who, through personal achievement and service, have brought honor and statewide, regional, or national distinction to both themselves and RSU. Nominators are not required to be alumni, a nominee must be an alumnus with a degree.