Fulfilling the Dream Awards
The submission deadline for the 2021 Chancellor's Fulfilling the Dream Award was January 4, 2021. Learn more about the award and the past recipients below.
Established in 1997, Chancellor's Fulfilling the Dream Award honors individuals who have contributed to the university community or the greater Lincoln community through their exemplary action in promoting the goals and vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candidates, or organizations, who qualify for this award take part in actions that lead to addressing and changing racist and unjust practices, policies and behaviors and influence and encourage their community to do the same.
Qualities Embodied by Nominee
Individuals or organizations leading in social justice work, inclusive excellence and influencing change in our community.
Who is Eligible
Students, faculty, staff, clubs/groups and organizations are eligible to receive the Chancellor's Fulfilling the Dream award. Two awards will be granted this year to individuals or organizations within the university and Lincoln communities.
Who Can Nominate
Nominations can be submitted by students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater Lincoln community.
- 2020 - Anna Shavers (UNL)
- 2019 -Maura Kelly (community) and Charlesette Foster (UNL)
- 2018 - Eric Buchanan (community) and John Kalu Osiri (UNL)
- 2017 - Karen Kassebaum (UNL)
- 2016 - Debra Hope (UNL)
- 2015 - Linda and Gene Crump (UNL) and the Empowerment Network (community)
- 2014 - Jake Kirkland, Jr. (UNL)
- 2013 - Pat Tetreault (UNL)
- 2012 - Zainab Al-baaj and the MENA Hope Project (community) and African American and African Studies Program (UNL)
- 2011 - T.J. McDowell (community) and Charlene Maxey-Harris (UNL)
- 2010 - Nebraska Appleseed (community) and Helen Moore (UNL)
- 2009 - Pete Ferguson (community) and Students United for Nebraska (UNL)
- 2008 - Gwendolyn Combs (UNL)
- 2007 - Oscar Harriot (community) and Christy Horn (UNL)
- 2006 - Larry Williams (community) and Amber Hunter (UNL)
- 2005 - Thomas Christie (community) and Chuck van Rossum (UNL)
- 2004 - Jose Soto (community) and Stephanie Adams (UNL)
- 2003 - Leroy Stokes (community) and Robert Hitchcock (UNL)
- 2002 - Bonnie Coffey (community) and Merlin Lawson (UNL)
- 2001 - Paulette Jones (community) and Michael Combs (UNL)
- 2000 - Lela Shanks (community) and Melvin Jones (UNL)
- 1999 - Leola Bullock (community) and Miguel Carranza (UNL)
- 1998 - Keith Parker (UNL)