- School of Nursing Special Recognition Award (2010)
- IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2004)
Marge Tarplee, a former newspaper executive, has served as chair of the Indiana University School of Nursing's Board of Advisors and co-chair of the school’s Comprehensive Campaign for the campus. Through her time and commitment, she helped raise $14 million, $4 million more than their campaign goal. She served in the role for 13 years, from the inception of the Board in 1993 until 2006.
Tarplee is retired from having served as the president of the Central Newspaper Foundation. She was awarded the School of Nursing Special Recognition Award in 2010 for her longtime service to the school.