• Wesley Awards

    "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can as long as ever you can."
    -- John Wesley  

    The John Wesley Leadership and Service Award for Students and The John Wesley Trustee Award for Faculty and Staff are given each spring. The recipients of these prestigious honors are also presented with a $5,000 award and introduced at the Commencement Eve Reception. For more information, to see past award recipients, or to nominate the person of your choice, please see below:

    Selection Process 
    Nomination Forms
    Past Award Recipients
    Award History

    Selection Process

    During the month of February through March 12, 2014, students, faculty and staff are invited to submit nominations for the Wesley Awards. Students may nominate themselves, but they must include a supporting letter from a member of the Hamline Community with their self-nominations. 

    A John Wesley Awards Review Committee--comprised of faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and past winners--is selected by the Dean of Students.  The committee reviews all of the nominations in early March and forwards their recommendations for three to four finalists in each category (faculty, staff, undergraduate student, law/grad student) to a committee of the Board of Trustees, who make the final selection.

    The nominations are considered confidential until the public announcement of the recipients. Presentation of the awards takes place at the Commencement Eve Reception every year.

    Guidelines for Successful Nominations


    1. The nomination letter for an individual may not exceed three double-spaced pages. 

    2. Successful nominations for undergraduate and graduate students are well written and thoughtful, citing multiple specific examples of how the nominee meets the selection criteria for the Wesley Award by serving and leading in the spirit of the words of John Wesley and by advancing the core values of Hamline University as a community of social justice, civic responsibility, and inclusive leadership and service.

    3. Successful nominations for faculty and staff are well written and thoughtful, citing multiple specific examples of how the nominee meets the selection criteria for the Wesley Award by serving and leading in the spirit of the words of John Wesley, by contributing to students' success as scholars and life-long learners, and by advancing the core values of Hamline University as a community of social justice, civic responsibility, and inclusive leadership and service.

    4. Nominations letters must be written by a single member of the Hamline community.  Nominations combining multiple nominators' support into a single letter are discouraged.

    5. A nominee's social media presence should not be inconsistent with the picture conveyed in nominations.

    5. All student finalists' disciplinary and academic records will be reviewed and considered.

    Nomination Forms

    Please return nomination forms and supporting information to the Dean of Students Office in Bush Center, Room 106, or by mail to MS-C1901.  Deadline date is Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

    *NOTE: Past Wesley Award recipients are not eligible. 

     2014 Student Nomination Form
     2014 Faculty and Staff Nomination Form 

    Award History 

    The John Wesley Leadership and Service Award for Students was established by the Hamline University Board of Trustees through a generous gift of $100,000 from Trustee Gordon Walker ’51, in 1999. The expressed purpose of the award was to enable the Board of Trustees to reward those students who best demonstrate the service and leadership that lies at the heart of Hamline University. An award is presented each year to one undergraduate student and one law or graduate student.

    Inspired by Mr. Walker, in 2001 the Board of Trustees established the John Wesley Trustee Award for Faculty and Staff. This award was endowed by Robb and Jackie Prince in 2002. The award honors a faculty and a staff member who consistently demonstrate the university’s core values of high quality and rigorous academics, a commitment to making the world a better place, and a focus on ethics civility and social justice. The award also recognizes individuals whose actions contribute to student centeredness, diversity, innovation, and transformation.

    The John Wesley Trustee Awards are presented to the recipients at the annual Commencement Eve Reception, the evening before the graduation ceremonies.