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Alumni Awards Nomination

Alumni awards are given to recognize certain character traits, values and accomplishments that exemplify the discovery, development and realization of individual potential, as found in Christ. These awards are given to emphasize the high ideals of Spring Arbor University, which these individuals personify. All awards should consider how the candidate is a living example of the Spring Arbor University Concept which states:

Spring Arbor University is a community of learners distinguished by our lifelong involvement in the study and application of the liberal arts, total commitment to Jesus Christ as the perspective for learning, and critical participation in the contemporary world.

Spring Arbor University Concept

Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award

  • Christian service to humanity
  • Achievement in vocation, community service, or service to Spring Arbor University
  • Life that exemplifies Christian principles

Professional Excellence Award

  • Outstanding contributions to profession and community
  • Honor and distinction for Spring Arbor University.
  • Established professionally for at least five years
  • Holds membership in at least one professional organization
  • Accomplishments, achievements, or contributions must have been previously recognized by a profession

Faithful Servant Award

  • Faithful service with the purpose of furthering God’s Kingdom in ways which are frequently overlooked
  • Service to church, family, community or others, above and beyond what is expected, over an appreciable amount of time and not in the capacity of his or her profession
  • Service should be performed without regard to financial or personal reward

LeRoy M. Lowell Award

  • Excellence in employee service (past or present)
  • Consistency and outstanding contribution to the educational ministry of Spring Arbor University
  • Need not be an alumnus of Spring Arbor University

Young Leader Award

  • Life exemplifies Christian principles
  • Outstanding leader in their profession and community
  • Demonstrate promise of further distinction
  • Between 25 and 40 years of age

To make a nomination, please email the following to Brian Knapp at

  • The name of the individual you are nominating
  • The award you are nominating the individual for
  • A paragraph indicating why they are deserving of this award

Once we receive this email, we will follow up for more details.