Alumni Humanitarian Award

The Alumni Humanitarian Award, established in 2001, is bestowed upon alumni of the University of Illinois by the Alumni Association on behalf of the University. The award is presented to alumni who, through their outstanding professional contributions and/or volunteer leadership, have significantly improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity, on a national or international scale.

2014 Recipient

Lynn Price Lynn Schreiber Price ’77 MEDIA is honored for her staunch advocacy of youth in foster care and her dedication to reconnecting separated siblings. Her own childhood experience as a youth in care who was separated from her older sister motivated Price’s life work as a social entrepreneur, coach and motivational speaker. While working as a court-appointed advocate, Price discovered that 75 percent of the nearly 600,000 youth in the U.S. foster care system are separated from at least one sibling; the finding spurred her in 1995 to found Camp To Belong, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a safe haven where separated siblings can spend quality time together at summer camps. The camps, spread across the U.S. and Canada, have become the cornerstone of a year-round program to change the way the child welfare system and communities view, preserve and support sibling relationships. An international lecturer and author of two books, Price has received numerous accolades for her work, including the Points of Light President’s Service Award, presented to her in 1998 by President Bill Clinton, and the 2000 Use Your Life Award from Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network. Price’s impact as a leading social entrepreneur was recognized by Ashoka United States, which named her one of its Fellows in 2005.

Previous Recipients

2013
Christie Gilson MSW ’01, PHD ’08 ed

2012
A. Mark Neuman ’85 las

2011
Ann Cody ’86 faa, ms ’92 ahs

2010
Dennis Warner
’63 eng, ’63 las, ms ’66 eng

2009
Ron Miller
’54 LAW, LLB ’55 LAW

2008
Betty Burch Mohlenbrock
’62 ED, EDM ’64

2007
Kenneth Braid ’74 AHS
Colleen Malany Braid ’74 AHS

2006
Eugene Hamilton ’55 LAS, JD ’59 LAW

2005
Susan Nagele '78 LAS

2003
Penny Panayiota Deligiannis '87 MEDIA, MS '92 MEDIA