Hall of Fame

William Penn University appreciates the dedication and service of our many alumni and community supporters. Each year at Homecoming, individuals or groups of people are selected to be recipients of the awards listed below. They honored at the Recognition Banquet with the awards and inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame.

Distinguished Career Award
The Distinguished Career Award is given to an individual based on distinguished and meritorious achievement in career and life. Candidates for this award are alumni/ae of William Penn University or Nebraska Central College. Distinguished Career Award RecipientsGreg_Harris_2016_Banquet 

Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is bestowed upon an individual whose life of service has been exemplary. This honor extends beyond the circle of Penn alumni to those who embody the William Penn commitment to community and humanitarian service. Distinguished Service Award Recipients  

Torch Award 

The Torch Award was initiated during the 1972 Parents’ Weekend as a way of acknowledging and honoring alumni and non-alumni parents who have shown exceptional commitment to William Penn University. Each year the Torch Award is given to an alumni family of at least two generations; or to non-alumni parents, all of whose children have attended William Penn University. Consideration is also given to the interest and loyalty shown by the recipient family in the programs and ideals of the university. Torch Award Recipients  


The Emerging Leader Alumni Award is designed to recognize established and future leaders among recent William Penn University alumni. Standards for recognition include one or more of the following: demonstrated leadership capability, substantial indication of a commitment to the service of others, demonstration of potential for leadership/distinction in the long term, and a substantial commitment to William Penn University and its mission. The award is open to all alumni who are within their first 10 years of graduating from William Penn University. 2016 Emerging Leader Alumni Award Recipient 


Ed Thomas Award Award_Recipients_2016Those that are successful in coaching young students in the world of athletics have a special gift of shaping and changing the lives of those they come in contact with. The late and great Ed Thomas, whom this award was named after, had a great impact on his athletes. He passionately believed that his job as a coach was not to prepare kids to be college athletes, but to make their involvement in football or other sports a learning experience.

Faith, family, and excellence is what Thomas believed in and those core values are also present in the recipients of the Ed Thomas Award. Ed Thomas Award Recipients  

Lifetime Statesman Award 

This first-time and perhaps one-time award is given to recognize support and service to William Penn University that is transformational in nature and at the same time foundational to Penn's historical mission. 2016 Recipients–Joe Crookham and Jeanie Bieri