Outstanding Adult Learner Award


  • Framed Certificate
  • Engraved plaques to be displayed on campus honoring these and subsequent winners
  • Two awards will be given:  one for On-Site students and one for Off-Site students


  • Nominee must be 21 years-of-age or older
  • Nominee must be enrolled at Penn State Mont Alto during the semester of nomination
  • Any student in a Penn State Mont Alto degree program
    • On-site: a student who has successfully completed 36 credits by the end of the semester of nomination.  At least 18 of these credits must have been completed at Penn State Mont Alto
    • Off-site: a student who has successfully completed at least 6 courses for a total of 18 credits

Criteria for Judging

  • Difficult circumstances to overcome in order to pursue higher education
  • Success in coping with numerous roles
  • Innovative approaches to meeting personal education needs
  • Supportive of others returning to school
  • Contributions to campus and community
  • Sensitizing the institution to the needs of adult students
  • Cumulative grade point average


  • Nominations accepted from any Mont Alto student, faculty, or staff member.  Self-nominations also accepted.
  • Nomination must include
    • Letter of nomination outlining the student’s qualifications for the award as they relate to established criteria (see below)
    • Nomination Form (see below)

Selection Committee

  • Adult Learner Club Advisor
  • Student Affairs Representative
  • Continuing Education Representative
  • Faculty Member


March 2nd

Past Recipients

2016       Elizabeth Buckwalter
2015       Sarah Topper
2014       Anthony Council
2013       Lisa Selser
2012       Amy Lawson
2011       Gladys Cooper
2010       Matthew Miller
2009       Christine Washington
2008       Cathy Hansen
2007       Dwain D. Sheffler
2006       Elizabeth Shearer-Stiles
2005       Danielle Ramsay & Briette Baxter
2004       April Swartz & Heidi Gilbert
2003       Carla Voorstad & Cheryl Runshaw
2002       Edna Miller & Samuel Metz
2001       Stella Martz & Angela Oberholzer
2000       David Bliss & Kimberly Kriner
1999       Joyce Leppo

Nomination Form

Please use this resizable area to write a detailed nomination - up to a two-page equivalent.
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