Joseph F. Wall '41

Joseph F. Wall ’41 Alumni Service Award

During Grinnell College’s sesquicentennial celebration in 1996, the Joseph F. Wall ’41 Alumni Service Award was established as a tribute to the College’s 150 year tradition of social commitment. The award was named in honor of Joseph Wall ‘41, professor of history and longtime dean of the College, who inspired an ideal of service in his students.

Joseph F. Wall '41
   Joseph F. Wall ’41

Each year, the College may award up to two graduates with a prize of $35,000 each to either jump-start or complete a project that shows creativity and commitment to effecting positive social change. Projects may be original or supplement existing programs, address issues specific to local communities or be of wider global concern, and be carried out domestically or internationally. Any graduate of Grinnell College is eligible to apply, as long as they themselves will act as a principal of the project.

How to Apply

Wall Service Award applications are now open for 2020. The application requests information about both the applicant and the project/organization. To prepare for the application, review the Wall Service Award application requirements. When you are ready, complete the online Wall Service Award application. Applications are due August 31. All submissions will be reviewed by a committee composed of alumni and faculty, with a student representative. Up to five finalists will be required to be on campus for interviews with the committee on the first weekend in November. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the in person interviews may be conducted virtually.

Previous Winners

2019

Juan Carlos Pérez Borja ’11
Juan Castaño ’00
Zoé Strecker ’88

2018

Jennifer Kulik ’94
Chad (Blietz) Darby ’88

2017

Robert X. Barron ’02

2016

Katie Lee ’09
Renata Heberton ’06

2015

Tracy Huling ’77 and Brian Buckley ’14
Alvin Irby ’07
Bryan Boyce ’08

2014

Laura Ruth Johnson ’92
Scott R. Porter ’80

2013

Latona Giwa ’09
Jenny Dale ’06

2012

Chase Strangio ’04
Amy Smith ’95

2011

Leah Bry ’04
Jefferson Mok ’02

2010

Rebecca Mwase ’07
Catherine Foster Alter ’60

2009

Kirsten Anderson ’00

2008

Kara Murphy ’97
Elizabeth Powley ’93 and John Fuson ’93

2007

Dave Calvert ’75
Benjamin Hodgdon ’96
Alice Gates ’97

2006

Luna Ranjit ’00
Karry Carr ’84

2005

Janet McLaughlin Olson ’02
Daniel Werner ’91

2004

Jane Green Hayes ’58
David Simmons ’88

2003

Theodore Massey ’90
Sabrina Eagan ’96

2002

Sarah Fee ’86
Anita Chakravarti ’94

2001

J. Scott Raecker ’84
Hollis Pfitsch ’96

2000

Lorie Hill ’68
Amy Neevel ’95

1999

Sandra Stein ’88 and David Lowenstein ’88
Anne Brineman Anderson ’64

1998

Trevor Harris ’89
Benjamin Whitehill ’51

1997

Ric MacDowell ’68
Jenny Jacobson Egan ’49
Lynne Stoelting Leeper ’67

Doug Cutchins ’93 and Anne Geissinger ’93