Alumni Awards

The Blake School honors distinguished alumni through our alumni awards program. Alumni from Northrop Collegiate School, Blake School and The Blake School are recognized in the following categories:

Outstanding Alumni Award

The Outstanding Alumni Award honors alumni who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievement and influence in their field and/or in their community activities. If you would like to nominate yourself or a fellow alum, please fill out the nomination form here.

Young Alumni Award

The Young Alumni Award honors graduates of Blake from the last 25 years who have made significant contributions to civic or professional organizations, who are driven by a bold sense of curiosity and openness to differences and who constantly strive to be an engaged, courageous and intelligent world citizens. If you would like to nominate yourself or a fellow alum, please fill out the nomination form here.

Jenny Stephens Hagen Spirit Award

The Jenny Stephens Hagen Award honors alumni who have shown commitment to The Blake School community in the following ways: have devoted extraordinary time and energy to the school; have served as stalwart enthusiasts for the school; and have promoted, attended and supported with vigor the involvement of alumni in The Blake School community events. If you would like to nominate yourself or a fellow alum, please fill out the nomination form here

Athletic Hall of Fame

The Athletic Hall of Fame highlights the accomplishments of alumni, coaches and friends and celebrates the school’s sports history. In addition to this year’s inductees, the Hall of Fame honors members of Blake’s Hockey Hall of Fame and past recipients of the Alumni Athlete of the Year award, which includes 40 alumni spanning multiple sports and 30 years.

2021 Recipients and Biographies

Stephen Hoge ’94: Outstanding Alumnus of the Year 2021

Stephen Hoge '94

Stephen Hoge ’94 is a doctor, scientist and President of Moderna, a biotechnology company that pioneered the use of messenger RNA for making medicines, and developed one of the first coronavirus vaccines to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Hoge serves as the President of Moderna and leads all Research & Development for the company. He joined Moderna in late 2012 from McKinsey & Company, where he was a partner in the healthcare practice. Prior to McKinsey, Hoge was a resident physician in New York City.

Hoge holds an M.D. with thesis from the University of California, San Francisco and a B.S. in neuroscience from Amherst College. He entered Blake in seventh grade and participated in football.

Currently, Hoge serves on the board of directors of Axcella Health, Inc., a publicly traded, clinical-stage biotechnology company. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.

Hoge will be honored in fall 2021 at Breakfast at Blake during which he will be the featured speaker.

Lucy Cosgrove ’01: Young Alumna of the Year 2021

Lucy Cosgrove '01

Lucy Cosgrove ’01 works for the Minnesota Department of Health as an epidemiologist and coordinator of the Minnesota Vaccines for Children Program. In this role, she oversees vaccine distribution of all childhood recommended vaccines for children who are uninsured or enrolled in Medicaid plans in the state of Minnesota.

Throughout the COVID-19 response Cosgrove has assumed many roles at MDH including performing COVID-19 case investigations, acting as the MDH liaison to local public health directors, drafting COVID-19 guidance for summer camps and performing contact tracing for the schools and childcare team. Beginning last December, Cosgrove’s focus has been on leading the team that operationalizes the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Minnesota.

Prior to working for the MDH, Cosgrove was the medical interpreter and patient advocate at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic. She also spent time as an English teacher at WorldTeach in Costa Rica.

Cosgrove entered Blake in eighth grade and participated in alpine skiing. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Puget Sound where she majored in international political economy. After Puget Sound, she earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis.

Cosgrove will be honored in February 2022 at Breakfast at Blake during which she will be the featured speaker.

Malcolm McDonald ’54: Jenny Stephens Hagen Spirit Award

Malcolm McDonald '54

Malcolm McDonald ’54 worked for 17 years at First National Bank in St. Paul (1960-77) and then 25 years at Space Center, Inc., an industrial real estate firm. He held various positions including director, senior vice president and trustee, from 1977-2004. He was also an adjunct professor for graduate programs in management at the University St. Thomas in St. Paul from 1975-94.

McDonald is involved in several organizations aimed at improving the achievement gap. He is engaged in many civic, foundation and corporate boards and is currently involved with Project Success and Sherbrooke Capital. Most recently, Malcolm was recognized for Excellence in Real Estate from Marquis Who’s Who.

McDonald is a loyal donor and volunteer to Blake. He served on the Blake Alumni Board from 2013-19 and as an alumni class representative from 2003-18 and an Annual Fund volunteer. He was a member, lead volunteer and decade chair for the Excellence Accelerated Comprehensive Campaign Alumni Committee. He also co-chaired his 45th Blake reunion. McDonald has attended 58 Blake events since 2004 including his 50th reunion, the Alumni Holiday Party, Breakfast at Blake, Golden Bears Luncheon and LearningWorks receptions.

McDonald entered Blake in sixth grade where he graduated cum laude and participated in football. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University where he studied political science and graduated magna cum laude. He then earned his M.B.A. from Harvard University, Business School. He has three children, Malcolm, Philip and Margaret and lives in St. Paul.

McDonald will be honored at Breakfast at Blake in fall 2021.