Earlham College presents alumni awards each year to Earlhamites who have demonstrated excellence or achievement in a chosen career, service to the College, active participation in service and volunteer organizations or service to the Society of Friends, or outstanding achievement in athletics. These honors include the Outstanding Alumni Award, Distinguished Service Award, and induction into the Earlham College Athletics Hall of Fame
Alumni awards accepting nominations
The Alumni Council is currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Alumni Awards. Please submit your nomination by Dec. 31 to be considered for the following year’s awards ceremony.
Athletics Hall of Fame accepting nominations
The Hall of Fame Selection Committee is currently accepting nominations for inductees. Please submit your nomination by Dec. 31 to be considered for that year’s awards ceremony. View criteria for the award here.
2019 Award Honorees
In 2019, the College was pleased to honor Avis Stewart `74 as the recipient of Earlham’s 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award, and Stephen Heiny and Charles Meyer `69 as recipients of the Distinguished Service Award. Read their bios below.
Karman Duchon `11 (women’s soccer), John Guthrie `64 (men’s soccer), Fintje Lehman `93 (women’s lacrosse/women’s soccer) and Chris Shaw `10 (football/men’s track & field) were the newest inductees into the Earlham College Athletics Hall of Fame.
Outstanding Alumni Award
Avis Stewart `74
Avis Stewart ’74 stands apart for his record of service to Earlham. Few, if any, have served Earlham in more varied and substantive ways. His 39-year career at the College in numerous departments touched thousands of lives. Most recently, he was appointed interim president in June 2018 and concluded his service one year later. Read Avis’s full bio.
Distinguished Service Award
Professor Emeritus Stephen Heiny
Steve Heiny has been a champion for Classics and the humanities at Earlham since he arrived as a newly minted Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1970. And, although he technically retired in 2012, he has yet to step away from the College’s seminar tables. Described as “endlessly energetic both intellectually and physically, furiously curious about almost everything,” his example invites students and colleagues to jump in with a similar zeal. Read Steve’s full bio.
Distinguished Service Award
Charles Meyer `69
Charles “Chuck” Meyer ’69 used his intellectual gifts to help people. Ordained as an Episcopal priest, he became a medical ethicist, working on end-of-life care and related issues, and eventually becoming a hospital administrator. Meyer earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York, a master’s in education guidance and counseling from the University of Bridgeport, and certification in correctional counseling and pastoral counseling. At the time of his death in 2000 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, Meyer was vice president of operations for St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Read Charles’ full bio.
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