- IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2004)
- School of Social Work Distinguished Alumni Award (1994)
Gayla Pitts is a graduate of the IUPUI School of Social Work. She earned her BSW in 1985 and her MSW in 1987. After the death of her husband, former associate faculty member of SPEA C. Michael Pitts, Gayla and her children Laura and Andy established an IUPUI fellowship with the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs in his honor.