2013 Distinguished Community Service Award

This award granted to an alumnus/a for distinguished accomplishment in any field of COMMUNITY SERVICE THAT BRINGS HONOR TO THE RECIPIENT. The person’s contribution need not be one in which public acclaim is emphasized but may have religious, social, or educational value. The recipient is a person who has achieved recognition among colleagues for accomplishments and service to a community.


Nathan Ballentine '08

Nathan holds a BA from WWC in Integrated Studies, a degree with a self-designed major titled “Community Organizing and Leadership.” Following graduation, he served in a variety of volunteer programs including Humane Borders, a humanitarian organization that offers assistance to those in need near the US-Mexico border. Nathan moved back to his hometown of Tallahassee to utilize his time and resources to be a food gardener, educator and community organizer. He co-founded and serves as the treasurer for the Tallahassee Food Network (TFN), a hub of the area food movement that facilitates community and school gardens and enables local folks to raise food for self and neighbor. Nathan is also the volunteer director and co-founder of Grow Whatever You Like, the youth empowerment and urban agricultural program of TFN. Nathan chose to attend Warren Wilson because its student body understands that education is only partially an academic pursuit. “I would not be doing what I’m doing now, if I hadn’t gone to Warren Wilson College. Warren Wilson helped me to have the confidence to think I could try something like this on my own.”



Shrawan Nepali '89


Shrawan grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal and discovered Warren Wilson College through John and Jill Paul, his sponsor family he met in Nepal as a child. Shrawan graduated from WWC with a degree in Business Administration and went on to obtain his MBA/International Business degree from Lincoln University. Shrawan currently focuses his efforts in the field of social work and has founded numerous organizations to help others in society. He is founder of Curry Without Worry, a non-profit he started in San Francisco, CA and also Kathmandu, Nepal. The organization feeds “healthy food for hungry souls” and serves 250 meals to those in need each week. Shrawan also founded the Ama Foundation in Berkeley, CA, which endeavors to educate and empower the most underprivileged children of Nepal by providing them with a home, education and opportunities to live healthy and secure lives within their community. The primary program of the foundation is the Ama Ghar Children’s Home in Kathmandu, Nepal, which provides a home and family to 46 orphaned and disadvantaged children ages 4 to 18.



Previous Winners

1998   Kenneth C. Childers ’63
1999   Janice Stamper ’80
            Mary Kennedy Stamper ’49
2000   Barbara Decker ’77
2001   Greta Combs ‘78
2002   Joseph A. Daprano ‘86
2003   Mickey Fuleihan Coleman ‘78
2004   Ed Seagle ‘59
            Beth Hettrick Berry ‘84
2005   Rodney Lytle ’73
2006   J. Kim Wright ’81
            Neil Kendrick ’99
2007   Matthew Wong
            Claudia Nix '69
            Mike Nix '70
2008   Karen Leigh Hassall '86
            Samuel E. Ray '56
2009   Michelle Cooper Stapleton '92
   Pat Laursen
2011   Mark Hare '87
            Evelyn Berry Henderson '48
A. Eugene Hileman '56
            Tom Logan '64
            Jocelyn Lai Logan '64


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