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Fischer Award of Distinction

Established 2008

The Penn State Outreach and Online Education Fischer Award of Distinction is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Education and the Office of the Vice President for Outreach.

Michael and Sherry DelGrosso are the recipients of the 2021 Fisher Award of Distinction for their support and generosity to Penn State Outreach and Online Education. 

General Description

The Fischer Award of Distinction recognizes friends, donors, alumni, and volunteers (including posthumous) who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary service to advance Outreach and Online Education. Recipients have advanced the Outreach and Online Education vision and mission through their work, their volunteer efforts, or their financial support. They have made significant contributions in their field of work and/or humanity, have achieved great distinction and success in their professional endeavors, or have been recognized by their peers or others.

This award is named in honor of the Fischer family: Floyd, Naomi, and Rich. Rich Fischer was the recipient of the first Award of Distinction in 2008, which was then renamed the Fischer Award.

Nomination Process

Nominations will be sought on an annual basis from Outreach and Online Education constituents, stakeholders, and staff for The Penn State Outreach and Online Education Fischer Award of Distinction. A small selection committee, appointed by the Vice President for Outreach and Vice Provost for Online Education, will be responsible for reviewing the nominations and recommending a nominee for award consideration. The recipient of Fischer Award of Distinction will be recognized at the annual Outreach and Online Education Appreciation Dinner.

The following information should be included in the nomination dossier:

  • name of nominee
  • contact information for the nominee
  • a brief summary describing how the nominee:
    • has made significant contributions either through work, volunteer efforts, or financial support to advance the Outreach and Online Education vision and mission at Penn State University; and
    • has achieved great distinction and success in his/her professional endeavors; or has made significant contributions in his/her field of work and/or humanity; or has been recognized by his/her peers or others.