Distinguished Alumni Awards

Northwestern’s alumni office seeks nominations for future Distinguished Alumni Award candidates. Nominees should be graduates of the academy, junior college or college, or have attended the junior college for one year or the college for three semesters. Candidates must be at least five years beyond their graduation year and not currently an officer of the Alumni Association or a member of the award selection committee.

Three awards are presented during the college's annual Legacy Celebration Banquet:

  • Distinguished Professional Achievement: The alum chosen for this award demonstrates leadership, competence, dedication to continuing education and integrity in his/her chosen profession.
  • Distinguished Service to Humankind: The alum chosen for this award demonstrates leadership abilities in service to the community and/or society at large through notable Christian contributions.
  • Distinguished Service to Northwestern College: The alum chosen for this award demonstrates loyalty to the mission of Northwestern College, continued interest and support of the goals of NWC, and reflects honor on the college by his/her Christian lifestyle.

To nominate someone for a Distinguished Alumni Award who meets the above requirements, email the alumni office.

Rev. Bob BouwerDistinguished Service to Humankind

Bouwer, a 1984 graduate of Northwestern College, earned a Master of Divinity degree at Western Theological Seminary. As senior pastor of Faith Church (Reformed Church in America) in Dyer, Ind., he helped members shift their focus from personal preferences to biblical principles. Average weekend attendance has grown from 275 in the early 1990s to more than 5,000 people who meet in six locations throughout northwest Indiana today.

Bouwer is a co-author of The U-Turn Church: New Direction for Health and Growth. With a heart for encouraging struggling church leaders and reaching the spiritually disconnected, he is the executive founder of the Ravines Retreat Center in Lowell, IN, and of U-Turn Ministries, which offers conferences and consulting services to churches. He also serves on the board for Words of Hope, which broadcasts the gospel in the languages of the world’s people.


Dr. Kent HoskinsDistinguished Professional Achievement

A 1984 graduate of Northwestern, Hoskins earned his medical degree and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Iowa before focusing on hematology/oncology in a fellowship at the University of Michigan. He served at Rockford, Ill., Health Systems and is now an oncologist and professor of medicine at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Medicine. He also directs the university’s Familial Breast Cancer Program and serves as a senior research scientist in the Institute for Health Research and Policy and a senior investigator in the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities.

Hoskins specializes in breast cancer treatment and cancer genetics and has worked on research teams funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. He has co-authored articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine.


Larry “Bubb” KorverDistinguished Service to Northwestern College

After graduating from Northwestern Junior College in 1954, Korver earned a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University and coached high school football in Orange City, Walnut Grove, Minn., and Luverne, Minn. From 1967 to 1994 he served as head coach of Northwestern’s football team, compiling a 212-77-6 record. He led the Red Raiders to the NAIA national playoffs 11 times, capturing the championship in 1973 and 1983. His teams finished as runners-up in 1972, 1979 and 1984 and were semifinalists three years.

Thirty-two of Korver’s players earned All-American honors, and he was named national coach of the year in 1973 and 1985. He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1990. While his teams had great success, Korver always emphasized one of his highest goals was to prepare young men to be outstanding husbands, fathers and leaders in their community.


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