Annual Alumni Awards

Each year EMU honors at least three graduates from among the more than 19,500 EMU alumni who are sharing Christ’s love around the world in their everyday lives.

Award recipients are honored during Homecoming and Family Weekend, held each October. Nominations for either the Distinguished Service Award or Alumnus/a of the Year Award are made by EMU alumni or current members of the EMU community and are reviewed by the alumni association.

Outstanding Young Alum Award

Nominees must be an alumnus/a of EMU and must have made an outstanding contribution to EMU, the church or community over a long period of time.

Nominees must be graduates of EMU (or attended at least two years) and must have made a significant contribution or achievement in their profession, church, community or family in recent years.

  • 2015 James L. Rosenberger '68
  • 2014 Donald Oswald '75
  • 2013 Tim Leaman ’93, MD
  • 2012 Vic ’73 and Christina Yoder ’73 Buckwalter
  • 2011 Leymah Gbowee, MA ’07
  • 2010 Dwight Gingerich '81
  • 2009 Anthony Pratkanis
  • 2008 Donald Kraybill
  • 2007 Ingida Asfaw
  • 2006 Catherine Mumaw
  • 2005 Myron Blosser
  • 2004 Willard M. Swartley
  • 2003 D. Michael and Virginia A. (Ginny) Hostetler
  • 2002 J. Harold Zook
  • 2001 Marilyn Metzler
  • 2000 Henry Miller
  • 1999 Esther K. Augsburger
  • 1998 Dr. Elton D. Lehman
  • 1997 Margie Mejia-Caraballo
  • 1996 Rachel Yoder
  • 1995 Susan Classen
  • 1994 Dr. Glen R. Brubaker
  • 1993 Henry L. Rosenberger
  • 1992 J. Daryl Byler
  • 1991 Sheryl King Wyse
  • 1990 Valentine Yutzy
  • 1989 Luis A. Gonzalez
  • 1988 J. Robert Ramer
  • 1987 Donald E. Showalter
  • 1986 Richard E. and Ruthanne Janzen Garber
  • 1985 David M. Leaman
  • 1984 Warren Rohrer
  • 1983 Tesfatsion Dalellew
  • 1982 Paul T. and Daisy Byler Yoder
  • 1981 Helen Good Brenneman
  • 1980 Hubert Schwartzentruber
  • 1979 Miriam E. Krantz
  • 1978 Richard G. and Elaine Hunter Stoltzfus
  • 1977 Maribel Kraybill
  • 1976 B. Charles and Grace Brackbill Hostetter
  • 1975 Irvin B. Horst
  • 1974 John M. and Betty Keener Drescher
  • 1973 Arno and Jacqueline Thimm-Richardson
  • 1972 J. C. Wenger
  • 1971 Paul N. Kraybill
  • 1970 Linford K. Gehman
  • 1969 Hubert R. Pellman
  • 1968 Paul M. Roth
  • 1967 Elizabeth S. Erb