» 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. 

If you would like to nominate a Chapman Alumnus for the Schweitzer Lifetime Achievement Award, please fill out the nomination form.

2018 Schweitzer Award of Excellence Winner is Larry and Dulcie Kugelman

Larry and Dulcie KuggelmanDulcie Kugelman received her BA in Peace Studies at Chapman University in 1996.  Larry Kugelman had majored in Philosophy and English Literature and served in the Peace Corps, teaching English in Iran, before embarking on a long and distinguished career in healthcare.  Upon his retirement, Larry and Dulcie traveled to Northern Ireland where both pursued  Master of Arts degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Ulster.  There they helped develop and support innovative grassroots peacebuilding projects such as:

  • Seeds of Hope fostering reconciliation between former combatants and their victims
  • Picturing Peace teaching elementary and middle school Protestant and Catholic children to communicate their feelings, values and understandings of peace through photography
  • Cirque de OC bringing children affected by the Northern Ireland violence to stay with host families in Orange County and learn esteem building techniques through performance art.

View their award flyer!

Previous Recipients of the Schweitzer Award of Excellence

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2017 Christine Curry The Grenada Goat Dairy Project
2016 June Scobee Rodgers Challenger Center
2015 Rita Brock Soul Repair Center
2014 Karen Haren Harvesters Community Food Network


L’Arche Wavecrest Organization

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


Whirlwind Wheelchair International

Organization devoted to providing wheelchairs


Concern America

International development and aid organization