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The Founders Award

Elmhurst University presents three Founders awards to deserving students. The theme of this year’s trio of honors is “The Courage to Change.”

These awards recognize self-initiated service that has effected change that embodies humane values. The phrase “The Courage to Change the Things I Can” comes from the Serenity Prayer, written by Elmhurst University alumnus Reinhold Niebuhr ’10.

One award is given for self-initiated service to the campus; a second award is given for self-initiated service to the community; and the third award for self-initiated global service. The award consists of a medallion, a certificate and a monetary award. Candidates are nominated by members of the University community.

2020 Honorees

Service to the University Community

  • Shawndell Young

Service to Greater Society

  • Emily Marquez

The Cureton Award for Service to the Global Community

  • Becca Kaltenbach

Read More About the Three Winners

2020 Finalists

  • Sarah Dickey
  • Jacqueline Hardy
  • Stacie Harms
  • Elizabeth Kolell
  • Emilie Kottmeier
  • Ana Romo
  • Alexandria Schultz

Past Recipients

  • 2019: Katrina Mioduszewski, Natalie Barnes, Jentry Schirmbeck
  • 2018: Nora Dixon, Estrella Vargas, Rebecca Vogt
  • 2017: Natalie Bedtke, Rebecca Britt, Georgia Petersen
  • 2016: Christine Croft, Faith Powell, Megan Walsen
  • 2015:  Meredithe Mimlitz, Chelsea Karson, Jose Flores
  • 2014: Stanley Washington, Colin Clark, Eleni Vrettos, Rachel Trumpy
  • 2013: Matthew Rohde, Colin Ashwood, Jazmine Martinez
  • 2012: Allyson Vertigan, Mohammed Kaiser Adam, Annice Coughlan, Kimberly Pitingolo
  • 2011: Romison Saint-Louis, Rachel Nelson, Amanda Ceaser, Julie Provenza
  • 2010: Elizabeth Glass, Zayna Thompson McCollum, Daniel Zarlenga
  • 2009: Soofia Ahmed, Melanie Giannosa, Jessica Sullivan
  • 2008: Inga Ezerins, Heather Forster, Laura Yurs
  • 2007: Melissa Allen, Brian Paladie
  • 2006: Eliza Stoddard Leatherberry, Rochelle Ruzicka
  • 2005: Stephen Hurley, D. Scott Tharp
  • 2004: Sarah Kiefer, Lindsay Young
  • 2003: Kelly Stone, Megan Suess
  • 2002: Sara Douglass, Julie Maxwell
  • 2001: Jennifer Newson, Emilie Steve
  • 2000: Emily Kline, Julie Mather, Laurie Rich
  • 1999: Any Wendt Ruby, Rebecca Rosenmayer
  • 1998: Kristopher Hewitt, Marti Lansu
  • 1997: LaShawn Jakes, Florence Nogaj
  • 1996: Mary Tubbs
  • 1995: Gretchen Gehrlein
  • 1994: Joan Kay
  • 1993: Eric Lindberg
  • 1992: Julie Justice
  • 1991: Alisa Lillquist
  • 1990: Sarah Strom
  • 1989: William Richter
  • 1988: Colleen Reichel
  • 1987: Shaheen Chamran
  • 1986: Patricia Badten
  • 1985: Larry Mohr

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