- Presidents Circle Laurel Pin (2022)
- Leanne Grotke Award (2018)
- School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award (1991)
During her time at IU, Margaret Ellen Jay was a multi-talented athlete who participated in field hockey, basketball, softball, and volleyball. In addition to sports, Jay graduated with honors, held leadership positions in a number of campus-wide student activities, and studied French horn with IU’s world class faculty in the Jacobs School of Music.
After leaving IU, Jay worked as a primary school classroom teacher and elementary school library media teacher in Maryland, and later was acting director of school library media for Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools. She also served as an adjunct professor at several Maryland universities.
In 2003, through the IU Foundation, Jay established the Jay Information Literacy Fund, which provides grants to support collaborative activities between IU librarians and teaching faculty on the Bloomington campus. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the IU School of Education in 1991, and is a member of the Presidents Circle, Well House Society, and the Women’s I Association.