- Gertrude Rich Award (2015)
- Indiana University Bloomington
Gwendolyn is an IU advocate, encouraging the best and brightest of her students at the City College of Chicago to investigate IU for their college experience. May-Barlow participated fully during the term of her husband, Michael Barlow, BFA'85, as IU Alumni Association chairman in 2010-11. She is an IUAA life member and served as a host for a 2013 Hoosier Travelers trip, "Treasures of Southern Africa."