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Alumni Awards

About the Alumni Awards

Each year at Homecoming, the Southern Wesleyan University Alumni Association recognizes alumni of distinction with special awards bestowed to encourage and honor their continued focus on Christ and professional achievement. Honorees embody Christian values and strive to become the person Christ intended them to be, personally and professionally. We encourage alumni to nominate individuals who exemplify the values and qualities representative of Southern Wesleyan University.

Nominations should be, and selections are, based upon their service to humanity and community; their level of professional achievement; walk of faith; service to Southern Wesleyan University; and their demonstration of or the potential for being a model alumnus. 

Outstanding Alumnus

The Outstanding Alumnus Award recipient is selected based upon his or her demonstration of respect for and acts of humanity, active participation in community service, and faithful support of Southern Wesleyan University. The award is also based upon significant achievement in the recipient’s chosen profession. All former students of Southern Wesleyan University who have received academic credit are eligible.

Rev. Ken Dill: Outstanding Alumnus of the Year


Young Leader

The purpose of the Young Leader Award is to recognize alumni, (age 39 or under) who are outstanding leaders in their profession and community, and show strong promise of future professional growth. They should also provide service to Southern Wesleyan University and exemplify Christian values. All former Southern Wesleyan University alumni who have received academic credit are eligible.

Kirstie Brooks: Young Leader Award

Professional Excellence

The purpose of the Professional Excellence Award is to recognize alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and community while having achieved honor and distinction for Southern Wesleyan University. All Southern Wesleyan University alumni who have received academic credit are eligible. However, only those who have been established professionally for at least five years can be considered. The recipient must also hold membership in at least one professional organization and must have been recognized by an organization for his or her
accomplishments, achievements, and/or contributions. Awards are considered for each of the following areas: Benson School of Business and Social Science, School of Education and Music, School of Religion and Humanities, and School of Science, Technology, & Math.

Amy Byrd: Professional Excellence Award - School of Education and Music


Dr. Michele Eller Professional Excellence Award - School of Science, Technology, and Math


Rev. Dan LeRoy: Professional Excellence Award - School of Religion and Humanities


Rev. Matt LeRoy: Professional Excellence Award - School of Religion and Humanities


Debbie Walker: Professional Excellence Award - Benson School of Business and Social Sciences


Nominations are open from April 1 until June 30:

Alumni Awards Nomination Form

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