The Alumni Award of Merit was renamed in 1998 in honor of Humberto Santos.
Mr. Santos was a Concordia graduate and one of the finest friends of the university. An immigrant from Portugal, he enrolled in night classes at Sir George Williams University in 1965, earning a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia in 1975, and a Master's of Business Administration in 1979.
He went on to a brilliant and demanding business career, but never forgot his alma mater. He served for six years on the university's Board of Governors, chaired the university's Annual Giving Campaign, and at the time of his death, was chairman of the Major Gifts division of the Capital Campaign. He often walked in the annual Concordia Shuffle for scholarships, singlehandedly raising thousands of dollars for students.
In 1996, Mr. Santos won the Alumni Award of Merit, the highest honour conferred by Concordia's three alumni associations.