The Campus Life Honors and Awards is an annual tradition where more than 100 students, faculty and staff are recognized and honored for their outstanding contributions to the various areas of campus life.


Albert Prize

Created by a bequest of Joseph H. Albert, this prize is awarded to the student who, having maintained good standing in scholarship during the year, has grown in capacity, ability, and performance to have a positive impact on his/her peers.

Winner: Katie Harvey

Frank Meyer Student Life Award

This awards was renamed in 1994 to honor the 27 years of service provided by former Vice President for Student Affairs, Frank Meyer. It is presented to a student for outstanding leadership and contribution to improve the quality of life at the University.

Winner: Alex Schrimp

Jessie E. West Award

Named in honor of Jessie E. West '14, Willamette's first female student body president, this award is presented to two students for outstanding leadership and contribution to the student body through both their positions and their actions.

Winner: Elizabeth Guzman

Winner: Anna Maria Mencarelli

Daniel H. Schultze Award

Created in 1965 in honor and recognition of Daniel Schultze, professor of religion, dean of men, and professor German. Schulze was held in high regard by all and was truly a friend of the students. This award is given to the members of the senior class who have put out the extra effort necessary for the class to function properly, not just now but in previous years, and are considered "The Bet Friends of the Class as a Whole."

Winner: Bradley Schultz

Winner: Leandra Stanley


Franklin D. Meyer Student Ambassador Award

Presented to tour guides, outreach ambassadors or overnight hosts who best demonstrate the ability to make visits by prospective students and families most informative and enjoyable.

Winner: Hannah Gandsey

Winner: Bianca Arreola


Female Senior Scholar Athlete Award

This award honors the top female academic performer from the Athletics department, recognizing an athlete who excels in the classroom.

Winner: Theresa Edwards

Male Senior Scholar Athlete Award

This award honors the top male academic performer from the Athletics department, recognizing an athlete who excels in the classroom.

Winner: Austin Williams

Bishop Wellness Center

Outstanding Contribution to Campus Wellness

This award recognizes individuals or groups who promote wellness on campus.

Winner: Saneet Johal

Campus Recreation

Willamette Store Outstanding Intramural Athletes of the Year

Given to those who display passion and joy for recreational and competitive activity, this award honors students who exhibit exemplary sportsmanship qualities.

Winner: Sam Spengler

Winner: Sam Newman

Winner: Lauren Vannini

Career Center

Professional Development Award

This award is given to students who contributed to the professional and career development of his/her Willamette University peers through programs, personal leadership and/or partnering with others to educate and inform students about their careers. The recipients will have taken a strong role in furthering Willamette students' ability to apply what they learned as undergraduates to their futures.

Winner: Alison (Alli) Claypool-Conrad

Winner: Kayla Kosaki

Office of the Chaplains

Social Justice Leadership Award

This award recognizes students who have made extraordinary efforts in the area of social justice, working toward full and equal participate of all groups in society.

Winner: Octaviano Chavarin

Winner: Kelley Villa

Winner: Rey Goicochea


Timothy C. Hawkins Award

Presented to a student who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of journalistic photography, the Timothy C. Hawkins Award was established in 1977 by family and friends in his memory. Hawkins was a familiar person on campus in the 1970's a great sports fan, and a favorite with the students.

Winner: Kellie Standish

Charles A. Sprague Award

Presented to a member of the Collegian reporting staff, this award recognizes students for their outstanding endeavors. It is named in honor of Charles Sprague, one of the Northwest's most respected editorial voices, former governor of the State of Oregon and former editor of the Oregon Statesman newspaper. In addition, Sprague was an active member of the Willamette University Board of Trustees.

Winner: Colleen Smyth

Community Service Learning

Hull Initiative Award

Awarded to students who best exemplify the values of hard work, self-sufficiency, personal initiative, and community engagement.

Winner: Sveta Krishna

Winner: Kyle Flowers

Winner: Elizabeth Calixtro

Outstanding Leadership Award

This award is given to a student who demonstrates outstanding leadership and service to the community.

Winner: Sveta Krishna

Outstanding Service Collaboration

The award recognizes a student-initiated service program collaboration in recognition of outstanding service to the community.

Winner: Prisoner's Poetry Project - Reynaldo Goicochea

Winner: Prisoner's Poetry Project - Reinaldo Ayala

Dean of Campus Life

Dean's Special Recognition Award

Give to the students who make an especially significant and original contribution to campus life during the academic year.

Winner: Anna Maria Mencarelli

Winner: Sarai Rivas

Winner: Reinaldo Ayala

Winner: Beatriz Leon-Gomez

Greek Life

G. Herbert Smith Award

This peer-based recognition award honors a fraternity member who has made outstanding contributions to his fraternity and has served as an excellent role model for other members of the chapter.

Winner: Mitch Wood - Sigma Chi

Winner: Kyle Davey - Kappa Sigma

Winner: Matt Wing - Phi Delta Theta

Winner: Tyler Holmer - Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Greek Man of the Year

This peer-based award recognizes and honors a fraternity member who has made outstanding contribution to Greek life at Willamette and to the campus community as a whole.

Winner: Wesley Dawn

Greek Woman of the Year

This peer-based award recognizes and honors a sorority member who has made outstanding contribution to Greek life at Willamette and to the campus community as a whole.

Winner: Beatriz Leon-Gomez

Mortar Board

Hank Althoff Award

Created by the Willamette University Chapter of Mortar Board, this award is presented to a person who has continually given outstanding service to the Willamette University community. Henrietta "Hank" Althoff epitomized the true meaning of this award, service as a member of the Health Center staff for more than 30 years. Because of her, Willamette University is a better place.

Winner: Stephen Yamada

Office of International Education

International Community Recognition Award

This award recognizes students who have contributed significantly to the international community at Willamette University.

Winner: Rachel Dierken

Winner: Lars Henriksen

Winner: Marina Kawaguchi

Multicultural Affairs

Outstanding Contribution to Multicultural Affairs

This award honors a student who has shown outstanding contributions to multicultural affairs at Willamette.

Winner: Genora Givens

Residence Life

Exceptional Contribution to Residential Community

On-campus living provides the opportunity for every collegian to develop skills, tools, and expertise. This award recognizes individuals from each area of campus who have assisted in the fulfillment of the residential mission by challenging and supporting the personal, social, and academic development of the residents and the residential communities.

Winner: Bethany Hladick

Winner: Ryan Yambra

Winner: Giuliana Alfinito

Student Activities

Outstanding Program or Event

This award recognizes an event or program that took place on campus in the last year, which had a significant and positive impact on the University community.

Winner: End the 'R' Word by Best Buddies

Outstanding Student Organization

This award recognizes the student organization that has made the most significant impact on campus during the past academic year.

Winner: Japan Studies Student Leaders

Outstanding Student Organization Advisor

This award honors a student organization advisor who as contributed to the direction of the organization in such a way as to improve the campus community.

Winner: Amy Green

Tokyo International University of America

Outstanding Contribution to the American Studies Program and Willamette Community

This award recognizes Willamette students who have shown outstanding leadership through their contributions to the ASP/Willamette program.

Winner: Matthew Tom

Winner: Rebecca Taylor

Willamette University

Honors and Awards in Bearcat Excellence

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