- IUPUI Maynard K. Hine Medal (1986)
- School of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Award (1983)
Sandra S. Borns earned her B.A. in 1974 and M.S. in 1983 from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. She and her husband, Robert, donated a generous gift to the university that renamed the Jewish Studies program to the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program in 2002.