Awards

David T. Alger Award

Created in 2009, this award honors Reverend Alger for his deep connections with Associated Ministries, Pacific Lutheran University and the Pierce County community. Two individuals are honored each year with this exceptional award, one student and one faculty or staff member. Each awardee receives $500 that they then have the opportunity to gift to a community organization, agency, or cause in the spirit of continued giving and philanthropy.

David T. Alger Service Award Recipients 2009-Present

2009

Dr. Brian Naasz, Clinical Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Andrew Harron, Senior student

2010

Dr. Kathy Russell, Assistant Professor of Social Work/Director of Social Work Program

Alicia Coragiulo, Junior student

2011

Bobbi Hughes, Director of the Women’s Center

Idai Zhou, Senior student

2012

Dr. Richard Spillman, Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

Angela Pierce, Senior student

2013

Dr. Mark Mulder, Assistant Professor of Business

Wendy Martinez, junior student

2014

Dr. Terry Miller, Dean, School of Nursing

Tommy Flanagan, Senior student

2015

Melannie Denise Cunningham, Director of Multicultural Recruitment, Office of Admission

Nicholaus Townsend-Faulk, Junior student

2016

Dr. Greg Youtz, Professor of Music

Nicole Butler, Junior student

2017

Dr. Ksenija Simic-Muller, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Alaa Alshaiabani, Senior student

2018

Dr. Bridget Yaden, Professor of Hispanic Studies, Director of the Language Resource Center, Languages & Literatures Dept

Ingrid Smith, Senior Student

2019

Saiyare Refaei, Coordinator for Sustainability Integration, dCenter

Autumn Little, Senior Student

Student Service Organization Award

This award is given to a PLU student service organization that has shown a sustained commitment to serving others in the local community. Selection for this award is based on the following:

  • The student service organization participated in ongoing and sustained commitment to service and community involvement in the current academic year.
  • The organization’s vision reflected the good of the community, using leadership skills to empower others.

Student Service Organization Award 2013-Present

2013

Club Keithley

2014

Network for Peace Building and Conflict Management

2015

Habitat for Humanity-PLU Campus Chapter

2016

Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC)

2017

Associated Students of PLU

2018

Diversity Advocates

2019

Lute Nation

Ron Vignec Community Partner Award

This award recognizes an organization with an outstanding commitment to serving our community through sustained partnerships, educating the public, and empowering others to address community concerns and needs.

Community Partner Award 2010-2012

2010

James Sales Elementary

2011

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

2012

Associated Ministries

Ron Vignec Community Partner Award established in 2015 | 2015-Present 

2015

Salishan Community Health Advocates

2016

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

2017

Jesus Paez, Parkland Community Member & Advocate

2018

L’Arche Farm and Community Garden

2019

Rainier View Christian Church

Scholarships

Faye M. Anderson-Van Beek Scholarship for Community/Volunteer Service

The Faye M. Anderson-Van Beek Scholarship for Community/Volunteer Service is awarded to up to three outstanding student volunteers (Sophomore or above) that have good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA. 

Faye M. Anderson Van-Beek Service Scholarship 2012-Present

2012

Nicole Jordan

Audrey Lewis

2013

Wendy Martinez

Tomy Flanagan

2014

Jessica Tveit

Kristina Knutson

Perri Pettit

2015

Emily Steelquist

Athena Gordon

Devon Johnson

2016

Athena Gordon

Lucas Hatton

Nicole Butler

2017

Austin Beiermann

William Reichel

Kristin Ringstad

Riley Dolan

2018

Adrian Brown

James Krick

Chance Las Dulce

2019

Deanna Hobbs

Liz Hunt

Puakea Domingo

Fossness Memorial Leadership Award

The Fossness Memorial Leadership Award is awarded to a Christian student from Washington (sophomore status) who performs exceptional community service. This student demonstrates leadership in their school, community, or church. Award may be renewable upon application.

Fossness Memorial Leadership Award 2009-Present

2009

Nicole Gallego

2010

Stephanie White

2011

Laura Rudquist

2012

Wendy Martinez

2013

Mackenzie Deane

2014

Vanessa Jodway

2015

Austin Beiermann

2016

Ashley Lambertson

2017

Michele Matthew

2018

Michele Matthew

2019

Savanna Service

Gladys Mortvedt Voluntary Service Award

The Gladys Mortvedt Voluntary Service Award is awarded to a PLU student (preferably with junior status) who has quietly won attention by rendering voluntary service without expectation of recognition or compensation. This award may be for service on or off campus.

Gladess Mortvedt Voluntary Service Scholarship 2009-Present

2009

Nichole Ellis

2010

Reed Ojala-Barbour

2011

Brianna Frenchmore

2012

Madison Keele

2013

Perri Pettit

2014

Steven Schumaker

2015

Kaja Gjelde-Bennett

2016

Alaa Alshaibani

2017

Riley Dolan

2018

Matthew Kusche

2019

David Smith