Alumni Association Awards

Nominees may be graduates or former students who transferred in good standing from the College. Nominations are reviewed by the Alumni Association's Internal Affairs Committee and approved by Alumni Council. Recipients are honored at the Alumni Awards Banquet during Alumni Weekend. The award categories are listed below.

Distinguished Service to Alma Mater

This is the highest recognition award given to one recipient annually for alumni involvement, volunteer service and support to Bethany. This time-honored award recognizes alumni for their preeminent support, involvement and commitment to Bethany College. Selection criteria include representing the highest traditions of volunteerism, service to Bethany College, active support and involvement with Bethany and a historical record of financial support.

Alumni Achievement Awards

Two or more individuals are recognized for achievements and contributions to their chosen professions. The categories of the professions vary according to the candidates considered for the award. Recent honorees have come from the fields of business, industry, the arts, government, religion, education, journalism, medicine and science. Selection criteria include professional resume and record, achievements and honors within the candidate's profession, support, interest and involvement with Bethany College.

Community Service Award

This award is given periodically to recognize alumni who demonstrate significant leadership and service to their local neighborhoods and communities (e.g. social service, religious organization, etc.). Selection criteria include achievement within the local community, and support, interest and involvement with Bethany College.

James E. Allison Award for Teaching Excellence

This award is presented periodically to a current or past faculty member who has displayed outstanding service, commitment and accomplishment at Bethany College. Nominees need not be alumni. Selection criteria include excellence in teaching, accomplishment and research in their discipline and active support of student life.

Outstanding Service to Bethany College Award

This award is given periodically to recognize a non-alumnus for significant contribution and/or service to Bethany College.

Robert A. Sandercox Award

The Alumni Council created the Robert A. Sandercox Award in 1997 to honor Robert A. Sandercox '54 for his outstanding dedication and contributions to the College. Sandercox, employed by Bethany College for 40 years, received the inaugural award during Alumni Weekend '97. The award is to be presented only on rare occasions as the select few who receive the award will have demonstrated a level of commitment to Bethany and the educational community that is not easily rivaled.