The Eagle has been the symbol of bravery, freedom, courage, and grace for centuries. It is with honor that the Rural Leadership North Dakota Alumni Association would like to honor an alum at the RLND Graduation Gala with the Prestigious Eagle Award. The Eagle epitomizes many traits of Leadership, “Vision, Strength, Fearless, Tenacious, Nurturing, and Vitality.”

If you know an alum with these characteristics, please nominate them by completing the nomination form below by the deadline.


  • Must be a RLND Graduate
  • Aspires to have the qualities of the Eagle
  • Passionate about Leadership

Application Details

  • The award is presented every other year (Biannually) at the RLND Graduation Gala.
  • The form must be filled out by someone nominating this Alumnus.
  • Send the nomination form to the Award Committee by filling out the PRESTIGIOUS EAGLE NOMINATION FORM.
  • Deadline to submit:  October 1, 2025.
  • You can nominate as many as you would like. Any Alumnus can be nominated more than once in a year or consecutive years.
  • If you need assistance finding details for your alums, you may email Katie Tyler at or the RLND Alumni Association at

You will be contacted if your Alumnus has been selected, as well as the nominee. You can then make plans to attend the Gala if you wish.


RLNDAA Prestigious Eagle Award Winners

2025 - TBA

2023 - Cory McCaskey, Class V

2019 - Ashley Ueckert, Class IV

Rural Leadership North Dakota Alumni Association
NDSU Dept. 7390
Morrill Hall 307
P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, North Dakota 58108-6050
Tel: 701.231.5640