UNCW Honors Scholars College and Randall Library Accepting Nominations for Albert Schweitzer Honors Award

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Honors Scholars College and William Madison Randall Library at UNCW are accepting nominations for this year’s Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar.

The award, presented annually since 2002, recognizes a regional resident who exemplifies the attributes and ideals of the late Albert Schweitzer, a humanitarian, scholarly theologian, medical missionary and a 1952 Nobel Peace Prize winner. Nominees must have made a difference in the areas of medicine, music or humanitarian efforts and demonstrate 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 reveals itself to me.” (Attributed to Albert Schweitzer, September 1965)

Schweitzer Honors Scholars Award recipients, past and present, demonstrate passion and commitment to the community, and they take action to inspire change, said Kate Bruce, Honors College director. “They have a walk that matches their talk,” she added.

The Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar will be invited to deliver the 2016 Schweitzer lecture to the assembled Honors Scholars freshman class in November.

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 Aug. 22 to

Past recipients of the Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholars Award are:

•    2015: Katrina Knight, executive director of the Good Shepherd Center of Wilmington, a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and fostering transition to housing

•    2014: Camilla Herlevich, founder and executive director of North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the coastal communities of North Carolina through conservation, education and land stewardship

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

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

For the full list of recipients, visit the UNCW Honors College page.

--Venita Jenkins