• 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. All recipients will be recognized at Commencement on May 8th, 2021. For more information, to see past award recipients, or to nominate the person of your choice, please see below:

    Selection Process 
    Nomination Form for Undergraduate Students and Nomination Form for Faculty/Staff
    Past Award Recipients
    Award History

    Selection Process

    During February through mid-March 2021, 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. Nominations, letter(s) of recommendation, and resumes (resume requirement is for student nominees only) must be submitted to the Dean of Students Office by no later than March 15th, 2021.

    A John Wesley Awards Review Committee—comprised of faculty, staff, undergraduate students, and past winners—is selected by the Dean of Students.  The committee reviews all of the nominations in mid-March and forwards their recommendations for three to four finalists in each category (faculty, staff, and undergraduate student).

    All nominations are considered confidential until the public announcement of the award recipients. 

    Guidelines for Successful Nominations


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

    2. Successful nominations for undergraduate 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 "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 every you can."

    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 demonstrating core values of high quality and vigorous academics, a commitment to making the world a better place, and a focus on ethics and civility. The nomination should also address how the nominee is contributing to the advancement of student-centeredness, diversity, innovation, integration and transformation. 

    4. Nomination 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.

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

    7. Nomination letters that list more than one nominee per nomination form will not be accepted; multiple nominees for single awards will not be considered.

    Nomination Forms

    Links to the Wesley Award nomination forms are below. 

    *NOTE: Past Wesley Award recipients are not eligible. 

    2021 Undergraduate Student Nomination Form 

    2021 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. 

    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.