» Schweitzer Award of Excellence

The Award of Excellence has been given by Chapman University since 1982 to an individual or organization that exemplifies Schweitzer’s ethics of reverence for life and his dedication to a life of service. 

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2016 Schweitzer Award of Excellence Winner is June Scobee Rodgers, Class of 1978 and Founding Chair of Challenger Center

June ScobeeJune Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Richard “Dick” Scobee, has dedicated her time and energy to continuing the crew’s educational mission. Immediately following the tragedy, June channeled grief into action and led the Challenger shuttle families, along with others, to create Challenger Center - a living tribute to their loved ones.

January 28, 2016 marks 30 years since the Challenger shuttle accident, and June continues to dedicate her time and energy to the cause. Serving as the Founding Chairman of Challenger Center, the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education organization inspires and engages hundreds of thousands of students each year using space-themed simulated learning environments. With more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers, June has helped grow the organization into a global leader in STEM education.

An active and prominent leader in education throughout her professional life, June has taught in every grade-level classroom from kindergarten through college. She has been an education consultant on local, state and national levels, and served on the President’s National Advisory Council on Education. In 2015, June received the distinguished Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award.

Dr. Rodgers is a Chapman graduate , receiving her MA in education in 1978.


Previous Recipients of the Schweitzer Award of Excellence
 

+ - 2010s

2016 June Scobee Rodgers Challenger Center
2015 Coming soon! Coming soon!
2014 Karen Haren Harvesters Community Food Network

2012

L’Arche Wavecrest Organization

Home for developmentally disabled adults allowing them to live outside of the client-patient relationship

2011

Whirlwind Wheelchair International

Organization devoted to providing wheelchairs

2010

Concern America

International development and aid organization

+ - 2000s

2009

Anthony Garcia-Prats

Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative

2008

Tias Arms

Organization devoted to the children of South Africa

2007

Michael Belay

Hands Across the Planet to Poor Youth, Inc.

2006

Peter Verbiscar-Brown

Global Partners for Development

2004

Ria Fennema

The Spirit of Faith Children's Centre

2003

Mary McAnena

Mary's Kitchen

2002

Harmon and Nadine Wilkinson

Chapman Trustee; advocates of peace and justice

2001

Habitat for Humanity

Charity that builds houses for families in need

2001

Southern Poverty Law Center

Fights hate and bigotry in order to seek justice for the most vulnerable members of our society

2000

American Friends Service Committee

Quaker organization

+ - 1990s

1999

Givat Haviva

Center for Jewish and Arab discussion and education

1998

Fabiola Letelier

Human rights lawyer from Chile

1997

Dr. Helen Caldicott

Pediatrician and social activist

1996

Dr. W. Larimer Mellon, Jr. (posthumously)
and Mrs. Gwen Mellon

Founders of the Schweitzer Hospital, Haiti

1995

Dr. Frederick and Mrs. Claske Franck

Dentist and artist

1994

Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis, Minnesota

 Rehabilitates and educates others about torture victims

1993

Dr. Fred Hollows

Australian ophthalmologist

1992

Dr. Theodor and Mrs. Carmen Binder

Founders of Schweitzer Hospitals in Peru and Mexico and leaders of the Schweitzer Hospital in Paraguay

1991

Rhena Schweitzer-Miller

Daughter of Albert and Helene Schweitzer

1990

Ginetta Sagan

Writer

+ - 1980s

1989

Lee and Dottie Ellerbrock

Workers at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Lambarene

1986

Drs. Kurt and Alice Bergel

Chapman University professors

1984

Valerie Scudder

Chapman trustee and benefactress

1983

Norman Cousins

Journalist

1982

Linus Pauling

Chemist and social activist

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