In 2010, the Bushnell Alumni Association presented the first Distinguished Alumni Award and Outstanding Young Alumni Award. These awards recognize individuals whose lives have faithfully exemplified Christ and the mission of the University.

Nominations are accepted throughout the year and can be submitted online.

Alumni Award Nomination

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus whose life faithfully exemplifies Christ and the mission of Bushnell University as demonstrated by acknowledged professional accomplishments, personal character, integrity and a strong commitment to the Lord.

Criteria for the award includes:

  • Is a graduate who upholds the standards of Bushnell
  • Is distinguished among their peers for constructive contributions made to society that display leadership, responsibility and expertise in their field and endeavor
  • Is a person of integrity and demonstrated ability who provides inspiration to the constituency of Bushnell
  • Is a traditional graduate from at least 15 years ago or non-traditional graduate (degree completion, professional studies, adult degree program, and/or graduate programs) from at least five years ago

Past Award Recipients

  • 2015 John Tastad ’84
  • 2014 Dr. Gene Sonnenberg ’66
  • 2013 Richard “Dick” Busic ’62
  • 2012 Randy Ellis ’69
  • 2011 L. Corey Lemke ’88
  • 2010 Bruce Hanna ’96

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award honors a young alumnus who embodies Christian values in their work and personal life. Bushnell grants this award in order to encourage and recognize alumni in their efforts to advance in their occupation and relationship with Christ. This award recognizes an alumnus whose life faithfully exemplifies Christ and the mission of Bushnell University as demonstrated by acknowledged professional accomplishments, personal character, integrity and a strong commitment to the Lord.

Criteria for the award includes:

  • Is a graduate who upholds the standards of Bushnell
  • Is distinguished among their peers for constructive contributions made to society that display leadership, responsibility and expertise in their field and endeavor
  • Is a person of integrity and demonstrated ability who provides inspiration to the constituency of Bushnell
  • Is a traditional graduate within the last 15 years

Past Award Recipients

  • 2014 Paul Wright ’01
  • 2012 Dax Bryant ’99
  • 2011 Justin Corey ’98
  • 2010 Mindy (Knight) Lockard ’98

Honorary Alumni Award

The Honorary Alumni Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional devotion and service to Bushnell, but did not attend or graduate from the institution. This individual’s life faithfully exemplifies Christ and the mission of Bushnell University as demonstrated by acknowledged professional accomplishments, personal character, integrity and a strong commitment to the Lord.