Joseph F. Wall '41 Sesquicentennial Service Awards
The Joseph F. Wall '41 Sesquicentennial Service Awards, established during Grinnell College's Sesquicentennial celebration in 1996, have created a legacy to the College's tradition of 150 years of social responsibility and public service. The awards are named in honor of the late professor of history who always inspired an ideal of social responsibility in his students.
The college typically gives awards of $25,000 to each of two graduates to carry out a service project that is of tangible benefit to others. Projects may be original or supplement existing projects or programs; they may address issues specific to local communities, regions, or of wider global concern; and may be carried out domestically or internationally. The application and selection process as well as descriptions of all past award winners are available below.
The awards will provide financial support for selected graduates to engage in a period of service in projects, programs, and organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of others. Any graduate of Grinnell College with a commitment to service for the benefit of others is eligible to apply for the awards. Project proposals should include a clear plan of implementation including a project budget. As possible, award winners return to campus after completion of their projects to share their experiences. The awards are a fitting and lasting tribute to the College's beloved Professor Joseph Wall and to the alumni's dedication to community service.