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John Weidner 2013 Scholarship & Award for Altruism

IMG 410John Weidner was a Dutch citizen and Seventh Day Adventist who, during World War II, saved the lives of about 1,000 British and American downed airmen, Jews, Dutch, Belgians, and French fleeing Nazi persecution. He was honored by five governments after the war and by the Holocaust Museum at its opening in 1993.  John died in Los Angeles in 1994, and his widow, Naomi, started a foundation for honoring the altruistic spirit: "unselfish concern for the welfare of others."

The Butler Student Sociology Association formed the Butler University Chapter of the John Weidner Foundation for Altruism in 2005 - 2006 under the guidance of former Sociology Adjunct Professor, William Ervin. The Student Sociology Association presents two annual scholarships in the spring, honoring TWO Butler students for acts of altruism.

2012 Weidner award winners: Dan Peterson & Troy Gulden with Weidner representative Bill Ervin

You are invited to submit your name or the name of another person who you know has committed admirable acts of altruism, including documentation of these acts.

John Weidner Award for Altruism Nomination Form (PDF)


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