Methodist College 2020-2021 Student Award Recipients Announced

Methodist College 2020-2021 Student Award Recipients Announced

Academic Excellence Student Award recipient Megan Henderson with (left to right) Dr. Blanca Miller, chair of undergraduate nursing; Amber Schmidt, nursing faculty; and Dr. Pam Ferguson, dean of nursing.

The Methodist College Student Awards are a prestigious group of awards given to three high achieving undergraduate students annually. The Student Development Committee reviews all student nominations and submission materials to select a final award recipient in the spring. 

The Methodist College Undergraduate Academic Excellence Student Award recognizes an undergraduate for exemplary performance in academics, leadership, and community engagement. The award recipient must have a 3.5 or higher GPA and demonstrate exemplary performance in a combination of quality of writing, in-class participation, record of student leadership and responsibility. This year’s award recipient is a senior with a high GPA, earning straight A’s the previous two semesters. The student has been an SI leader, tutor, and peer mentor. They do all this while juggling parenthood, working, and earning high grades. The student as high standards for themselves and others. This student strives for excellence in all they do and achieves it! They are an excellent representative of Methodist College.

Congratulations to this year’s Undergraduate Academic Excellence Student Award recipient Megan Henderson!

The Methodist College Undergraduate Leadership Award recognizes an undergraduate student for successful performance in a leadership role. The award recipient should demonstrate examples of vision, integrity, and consistently set high standards of excellence for themselves and others. They serve as a mentor and role model for fellow students. They show commitment to community partners through civic engagement and demonstrate active participation in college service or governance. This year’s student recipient is described as a natural leader among peers. They were recommended as a SI leader by an instructor for their kind nature and leadership qualities. The student excelled as a SI leader and even created a life sized “immobility man” that is still used today to teach the effects of immobility. The student’s calendar and tutoring shifts are full of students seeking their knowledge and assistance. This outstanding student has maintained a high GPA and earned straight A’s the last five semesters at Methodist College.

Congratulations to Alayna King, this year’s Undergraduate Leadership Award recipient!


Undergraduate Leadership Award recipient Alayna King with (left to right) Dr. Blanca Miller, Chair of Undergraduate Nursing; Amber Schmidt, nursing faculty; and Dr. Pam Ferguson, dean of nursing.

The Methodist College Undergraduate Community Engagement Award recognizes an undergraduate student for professional civic engagement in humanitarian purposes.  The student recipient must show exemplary community engagement activities such as volunteerism, community-based learning, outreach, partnerships, curricular engagement or community-based research. The award recipient is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and Student Government Association. When the student is involved in team-based projects, they have always taken the lead. The student researched a grant for the annual distribution of blankets to nursing home residents and helped put together the grant to obtain $500 for this effort. They have been a leader in tutoring classmates; pre-pandemic this student would hold study sessions and has now purchased ZOOM to continue. She donates her time and supplies to the SIM center and seeks donations to assist service-learning projects. This year’s award recipient has led projects for the Dream Center’s PROMise of Hope, Junior Achievement, Southside Community Center, United Way, Hope’s Closet, American Red Cross, Warm Hearts/Warm Souls, UAW Pekin, and Tazewell-Mason Counties Special Education Association. 

Congratulations to Kim Knollenberg, Methodist College’s Undergraduate Community Engagement Award recipient!


Undergraduate Community Engagement Award recipient Kim Knollenberg with (left to right) Dr. Blanca Miller, chair of undergraduate nursing; Lisa Gillespie, nursing faculty; and Marjorie Getz, arts and sciences faculty.