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.

Previous award winners

Ron De Jong ’71
Distinguished Service to Northwestern

Janet (Hassebroek ’84) Guthmiller
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Marjorie (Hartog ’56, ’58) Vander Aarde
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Dr. Mark Muilenburg ’84
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Henrietta Van Maanen ’55
Distinguished Service to Humankind

David Vellinga ’72
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Eric McDonald ’98
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Kristie (De Boer ’95) Mompremier
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Dave ’69 and Shirley (Van Maanen ’64) Van Wechel
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Rev. Bob Bouwer
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Dr. Kent Hoskins
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Larry “Bubb” Korver
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Peggy Bilsten
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Dr. Bryan Den Hartog
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Harold Vander Laan
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Rachel Klay
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Barb Lubbers
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Brian Renes
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Dr. Randall Oostra
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Darlene Vander Aarde
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Drew ’72 & Jean Vogel
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Charollene Coates
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Ron Juffer
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Rob Roozeboom
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Martin Guthmiller
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Dave Hulsart
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Don Van Etten
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Paul Colenbrander
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Beverly (Gaalswyk) '68 & Merlyn De Vries '66
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Ellen (Bunger) Errington
Distinguished Service to Humankind

James L. Franken
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Steve King
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Stephen Macchia
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Kevin Brasser
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Harry Tysen
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Lyle Vander Werff
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Frank Heemstra
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Fannie Menning
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Virgil Muilenburg
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Michael DeKrey
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Wayne Kooiker
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Carol Oliver
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Jim Christensen
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Robert Vander Aarde
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Edna Schut
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Robert Vander Plaats
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Samuel Williams
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Paul Muyskens
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Donald Nibbelink
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Kella Klinker Simonin
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Arlan Draayer
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Robert Van Citters
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Bonnie (Van Steenwyk) Vander Schaaf
Distinguished Service to Humankind

John Fakkema
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Lee Ver Mulm
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Harold Vogelaar
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Marge (Vander Ploeg) Beernink
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Merlyn and Gertrude (Brink) Kraai
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Corwin Smidt
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Marcine Muilenburg De Jong
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Bernard Hietbrink
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Earl Klay
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Bill Kalsbeek
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Herlan Schut
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

David Van Engelenhoven
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Peter Bartels
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Ruth (Lubbers) Foreman
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Ralph Mouw
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Dale Den Herder
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Ken Jacobs
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Donald Zwiep
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Christina McGrinson
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Ruth Van Engen
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Russell Vande Steeg
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Harold Korver
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Allan Schimmel
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Gary Smit
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Harris Van Oort
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Frank Vogel
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Bernard Brunsting
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Gene England
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Dan Te Grotenhuis
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Clarence Buurman
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Wilmyna Draayer
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Maggie Jackson
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Gerald De Jong
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Alfred G. Pennings
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Arie Vander Stoep
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Robert Hoogeveen
Distinguished Service to Humankind

Ronald Korver
Distinguished Service to Northwestern College

Robert Muilenburg
Distinguished Professional Achievement

Leo Landhuis
Distinguished Achievement

Harriet Heusinkveld
Distinguished Achievement

Alfred Aalberts
Distinguished Achievement

Henry Beltman
Distinguished Achievement

Douglas Groen
Distinguished Achievement

Richard Mouw
Distinguished Achievement

Arloa Muilenburg
Distinguished Achievement

John A. Muilenburg
Distinguished Achievement

M. Samuel Noordhoff
Distinguished Achievement

Frank Van Der Maaten
Distinguished Achievement

Wayne Vermeer
Distinguished Achievement

Donald D. Jiskoot
Distinguished Achievement

Stanley Vander Aarde
Distinguished Achievement

Robert Giebink
Distinguished Achievement

Arie R. Brouwer
Distinguished Achievement

Alfred Popma
Distinguished Achievement

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