Awards of Distinction

The Richard Bland College Foundation recognizes the following alumni each year:

Distinguished Alumni Award

Each year the College recognizes one to three alumni with this award.  It is the highest and most prestigious honor that Richard Bland College can bestow upon its alumni. The purpose of recognizing distinguished alumni is to promote the public image of Richard Bland College by highlighting the achievements of successful alumni, to engage alumni for future service and giving opportunities, to encourage other alumni to become more active in support of RBC, and to provide students with role models of success.

Richard Bland Award

This award recognizes the commendable service of one person to Richard Bland College. The College chooses to use the namesake of Richard Bland because of the example of service in his many terms in the House of Burgesses, and as a delegate to the Continental Congress. Each year there are any number of faculty, staff, friends, alumni, business partners, etc. who unselfishly give their time and energies for the betterment of Richard Bland College.

Young Alumni Award

The purpose of this award is to inspire and engage young alumni to future service at Richard Bland College. One award is presented given to an individual that attended and completed at least one semester at Richard Bland College in the past ten years.

Past Recipients

Richard Bland Award – Tracy Owens ‘17
Distinguished Alumni Award – John Radcliffe ‘63
Young Alumni Award – Isaiah Lucas ‘17


Awards were not presented in 2020 or 2021 due to COVID-19.

What is the Richard Bland College Foundation?

The mission of the Richard Bland College Foundation is to aid, strengthen, and extend in every proper and useful manner the work, service, and objectives of Richard Bland College.