The Albert Schweitzer Institute of Chapman University is dedicated to preserving, critically interpreting, and disseminating the teachings of Albert Schweitzer within the study of ethics and ethical values. The Institute sponsors a university course on the life and thought of Albert Schweitzer, maintains an Albert Schweitzer Exhibit on the campus of Chapman University, offers the Albert Schweitzer Award of Excellence, the Schweitzer Rising Star Award, and Schweitzer scholarships, and participates in academic programs on the legacy of Albert Schweitzer.
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. This year’s recipient is Karen Haren, class of ’71, who is being recognized for her innovative and inspirational leadership of Harvesters Community Food Network.
The Schweitzer Rising Star Award
This spring, the Institute and Chapman University established a new award—the Schweitzer Rising Star Award—to recognize an inspirational young Alumna/Alumnus who has taken up Albert Schweitzer’s challenge to find a place to invest his or her humanity for the betterment of humankind and the world. Hannah Skvarla '10 has been selected as the very first recipient of this award in recognition for her inspiring global humanitarian work, especially her leadership with Human Rights Watch, and for her creation, with friend Lauren Conrad, of The Little Market, as a place where a global community can come together to combat poverty, empower communities, and create social justice, assisting women artisans to rise above poverty and support their families by providing a global market for the sale of their fair trade and locally made products. Download 2014 Rising Star poster here.
Pictured left: 2011 Award of Excellence winner, Whirlwind Wheelchairs - see a list of winners over the years!