UNCW Seeks Nominees Who Inspire and Excel in Medicine, Music or Humanitarian Efforts for the '13 Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar Award

Friday, August 02, 2013

The UNCW Honors College and William Madison Randall Library seek nominations for the annual Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar Award. The award honors an individual for his or her contributions to the Cape Fear region in the areas of medicine, music or humanitarian efforts. Nominees must exemplify the attributes and ideals of Albert Schweitzer, a missionary doctor who established a hospital in French Equatorial Africa and was honored with a Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.

The honoree will be recognized at a ceremony at UNCW and deliver the 2013 Schweitzer Lecture to the Honors Scholars Freshman class in November.

"There are so many members of the Wilmington community who impact the lives of others related to health and humanitarian efforts. We are delighted to be able to recognize them," commented Katherine Bruce, Director of the UNCW Honors College.

The Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholars program honors the legacy of the Albert Schweitzer International Prizes, established by the late Gerald Shinn, Ph.D. and UNCW professor emeritus of philosophy and religion. From 1975 to 1993, the prizes were presented on campus to individuals who reflected Schweitzer's philosophy of "reverence for life" and excelled in his areas of expertise - medicine, the humanities and music.

Although the prizes were discontinued, the Albert Schweitzer International Prizes Board of Directors wanted to create a legacy for these awards. In 2002, Randall Library and the UNCW Honors Scholars Program proposed the Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholars Awards to continue the spirit of the Albert Schweitzer International Prizes. Shinn was the first recipient.

To nominate a Cape Fear resident for this year's award, please send his or her name, along with a description of the contributions made in the areas listed above, by September 1, 2013 to Current UNCW faculty and staff are not eligible nominees.

Past recipients of the Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholars Award:

2002: Gerald Shinn, Ph.D.: Professor emeritus of philosophy and religion, University of North Carolina Wilmington, founder of the Albert Schweitzer International Prizes

2003: Kenneth White, M.D.: Wilmington physician and board certified plastic surgeon, leader of numerous medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic

2004: Margaret Weller-Stargell: President and chief executive officer of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc., dedicated to providing crisis intervention and substance abuse prevention outreach services in the Wilmington area

2005: Susan Dankel: Former General Manager, WHQR Public Radio, dedicated to enhancing the experience of music for the residents of southeastern North Carolina.

2006: Mary Isaac Koenig, S.U.: Humanitarian and committed social activist with St. Mary Social Outreach Program serving the needy of the Wilmington area

2007: Jock Brandis: Author, film technician, inventor of the Malin Peanut Sheller, Founder of the Full Belly Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to designing and distributing unique appropriate technologies to improve the lives of people in developing countries

2008: Jean Beasley: Founder and executive director of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at Topsail Island, NC

2009: Reverend Don Skinner, Founder and executive director of Phoenix Employment Ministries, a non-profit program to empower the homeless and nearly homeless to become job ready and seek and maintain employment and self-sufficiency

2010: Jimmy Pierce, founder and director of Kids Making It, a non-profit program to empower at-risk youth and help them grow into responsible, employed, law-abiding citizens.

2011: Scott Whisnant, founder of Cape Fear HealthNet to ensure that low-income residents of New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties have access to needed medical care and a healthier quality of life.

2012: Richard Corbett, M.D., a physician and radiologist, has served the Cape Fear region in the areas of medicine and humanitarian efforts while exemplifying the ideals of Schweitzer's belief in the "reverence for life."