Nominations Needed for Dean Stewart Award for Courage

Nominations are now being accepted for the Dean Stewart Award, an honor that recognizes a member of the faculty, staff or student body for their courage.

The Dean Stewart Award was established in 2010, thanks to the generosity of the men of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and the inspiration of their brother member, Dean Stewart. Over the past few years Stewart has worked tirelessly to bring together the members of the fraternity after decades of separation in their post-college lives. Stewart has accomplished this despite suffering from a progressively disabling neurological disease. He has worked to re-establish these relationships because of his love for his fraternity brothers and Nebraska Wesleyan University. Stewart’s courage has inspired his fraternity brothers to recognize a student, professor, or staff member who has not typically received recognition. The recipient of this newly-established award will have displayed remarkable courage in the face of overwhelming odds or barriers, just as Stewart has done.

In order to be eligible for the Dean Stewart Award for Courage, a student, staff or professor must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a student, staff or faculty member that has met and overcome substantial physical, emotional, social and/or economic barriers in their efforts to acquire or provide a Nebraska Wesleyan education.
  • Be a student, staff or faculty member exhibiting uncommon valor in the face of overwhelming odds or barriers, on or off campus.
  • Be a student, staff or faculty member who has been a positive example in their own personal behavior, academic efforts and represent the core values of Nebraska Wesleyan University.
  • Above all the student, staff or faculty member should demonstrate that courage is not the absence of fear, but it is doing what must be done in its presence.

Send nominations and brief background information to Pete Armstrong.  Nominations are due Friday, March 16. Contact the Student Life Office for questions.

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