Awarded to an alumnus or alumna of the last 15 years whose professional accomplishments, service to alma mater, and/or selfless and caring work to benefit society are distinctive.


While pursuing a bachelor's degree in English, Ed Robinson served as student body and Bucknell Student Government president, a member of the Presidential Search Committee, co-chair of the Student Lectureship Committee, and chairman of the Class of 1986 Senior Gift Drive. He also was a member of the Minority Student Union, Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and a student athletic trainer.

Since graduation, he has carried on that strong tradition of involvement with Bucknell and has been a financial supporter of the university for 15 consecutive years. The founding chairman of the Bucknell Black Alumni Association, he was a member of the BAA Board of Directors from 1986-95. He has been an alumni admissions volunteer and the Class of '86 reunion gift chair.

He began his professional endeavors in the nation's capital where he served as a legislative aide for the late Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania. He then transitioned into a career in development, serving Georgetown, Harvard, and the University of Virginia in varying fund-raising capacities, including director of development for the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

He served a brief stint with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a national think tank focusing on issues affecting minorities, and soon thereafter accepted General Colin Powell's invitation to join him at America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth as vice president for development.