Call for Nominations for the Albert Schweitzer Honors Award

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The UNCW Honors Scholars College and Randall Library are soliciting nominations for the annual Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar.

The award recognizes someone in the Cape Fear region who exemplifies the attributes and ideals of Schweitzer. These are individuals who have made a difference to the residents of the Cape Fear area in the areas of medicine, music, or humanitarian efforts and exemplify the ideals of Schweitzer’s philosophy of “reverence for life:”

"Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting and enhancing life, and that to destroy, to harm or to hinder life is evil.  Affirmation of the world--that is, affirmation of the will-to-live which appears in phenomenal form all around me--is only possible for me in that I give myself out for other life. Without understanding the meaning of the world, I act from an inner necessity of my being so as to create values and to live ethically. For in life-affirmation and in ethics, I fulfill the will of the universal will-to-live which reveal itself to me.” (Attributed to Albert Schweitzer, September 1965, a week before his death)

This year’s Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar will be recognized for his or her contributions to the Cape Fear region and invited to deliver the 2014 Schweitzer lecture to the assembled Honors Scholars Freshman class in November.

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: Mr. Jimmy Pierce, Founder and executive director of Kids Making It, a work and skills development program for at-risk youth in the Cape Fear Region.

2011: Mr. Scott Whisnant, Founder of Cape Fear Health Net, offering affordable health care to low income area residents.

2012: J. Richard Corbett, MD, Wilmington physician and board certified radiologist, member of the Board of the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation that serves health and medical needs of the people of southeastern North Carolina.

2013: R.T. Sinclair, Jr., MD, Co-founder of the Cape Fear Memorial Hospital, Cape Feal Memorial Foundation, and the Cornelia Nixon Davis Healthcare Center, all organizations that impact health care services in southeastern North Carolina.

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 August 4, 2014 to Current UNCW faculty and staff are not eligible nominees.