The Carl and Helen DeVore Memorial Humanitarian Award was established in 1995 to recognize a junior or senior student for outstanding commitment to public service. It acknowledges a spectrum of efforts, from individual service to the ability to create an organization and involve others. The award recognizes results accomplished through the student's initiative and his or her ability to translate ideas into practical results. The award is named after Otterbein Past-President C. Brent DeVore's mother and father and was funded in their memory by his family and friends.
2015 Award Recipient
Rachel Scherzer is the 2015 DeVore Humanitarian Award recipient. Rachel has served Otterbein as a highly collaborative leader and dedicated steward of community service.
As the co-coordinator of Kneading Minds, she has successfully recruited volunteers for our on-campus bakery, raising thousands of dollars (and a lot of baked bread) for WARM. Her service to WARM continued over the summer when she joined their crew to serve nutritional lunches to hundreds of under-resourced children living in Westerville.
Rachel has always sought out every opportunity to serve, volunteering to drive the Van to a service site, taking the lead on a “stop and serve” project, organizing a community garden program, and working behind the scenes on grant initiatives. Last year, her analysis of evaluation data helped us to land a $20,000 grant to support the University’s outreach to at-risk girls. Her deep commitment to the journeys of women and girls led her to coordinate college awareness programs for our summer Go LEAD Academy, help with the Girl’s Clubs, and give up time at the beach to coordinate an alternative spring break “staycation” for ten students serving Columbus women’s organizations.
Rachel’s generous spirit has led her to lead a compassionate life as a college student; the legacy of her work at Otterbein will be witnessed every day in the thriving service programs she has helped us to sustain.
Previous DeVore Humanitarian Award Recipients
2014 - Brianne Buletko
2013 - Theresa Hubbell
2012 - Dana McDermott
2011 - Danielle Fabian & Lucas Homan
2010 - Breanna Watzka
2009 - Chelsea Merriman & Whitney Prose
2008 - Lindsey Schramm
2007 - Katie Starling
2006 - Colleen Shaver
2005 - Lauren Suveges
2004 - Jon Juravich
2003 - Shawn Robinson
2002 - Jason Jenkins
2001 - Tricia Johnson
2000 - Joyce Ray & Katie Thompson
1999 - Melissa Johnson & Katie Pearce
1998 - Jessica Shultz
1997 - Nicole Buran
1996 - Simeon Frazier
1995 - Zenia Dacio
Nominate Someone for the Award
Faculty, staff and students may submit nominations to be reviewed by the committee. The committee will recommend up to two recipients to the university president, who will make the final selection(s) based on the following criteria:
- Has exemplified the mission of Otterbein Community Engagement through a committment to social justice, life-long learning, and community development.
- Has shown evidence of outstanding public service during his or her time at Otterbein.
- Has developed an effective approach to social, educational, environmental, health, and economic or legal issue within the community.