Del Mar College Awards: Distinguished Friend of the College Award The Distinguished Friend of the College Award is granted to individuals who are not graduates of the College in recognition of specific and meritorious service on behalf of the quality and advancement of the College, Foundation, and/or Alumni Association. This award honors individuals whose service has benefited society and reflected credit on the College. One award will be given annually. Criteria: How has the candidate contributed to building a better society? Has the candidate expanded the ideas of what is possible and what can be done? Has the candidate engaged and empowered others, providing organization as well as service? Access the Nomination Form here.