Servant Leadership Award

APU’s Servant Leadership Award was established in 2003 and is funded by the Berdena Ruth Foundation. The aim of this award is to promote the ideals of servant leadership in the area of community service. Service performed by the nominated students may have been performed within APU, in the community, internationally, and/or through an academic course. The award is given to two graduating undergraduate seniors. Each student receives a monetary award of $1,200, $200 of which is donated to a charity of their choice.

There are four areas of servant leadership for which students can be recognized:

  • Service within APU
  • Service in the community
  • Service through an academic course
  • Service internationally

This program is funded by an annual gift of $2,500 from the Berdena Ruth Scholarship.

2019 Servant Leadership Awardees

  • Alexis Diaz ’19

    Social Work

    Alexis displays a philosophy of community development. She has served in the Student Government Association as speaker of the house, served in Ecuador through the study away program, and has participated in a number of service-learning projects through her social work courses, including the Cougar Pals program, in which APU students mentor middle-school students. Alexis works 16 hours a week in the Community Counseling Center while carrying a full course load, and plans to pursue a career in political advocacy, hoping to make a great impact on the systems that shape our society. “We have the power and the potential to shape a future that is more compassionate and loving,” she said, “and I hope to contribute a small portion of what it could look like.”

  • Hunter Roberts ’19


    Hunter has been resident advisor for Smith Hall, a member and leader of the Mexico Outreach Public Health Team, a leader of the Mexico Outreach Kids Ministry, an Action Team member to Delhi and Allahabad, India, and a volunteer in the emergency department at French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, California. Hunter has also participated in service-learning activities through his Genetics and Regional Human Anatomy courses. Through each of these experiences, Hunter has acquired a deeper sense of understanding of, and connection with, people from APU and other countries, and he plans to continue his education as a medical student at Loma Linda University. “I hope to continue to practice service and leadership in a way that does not mistakenly prioritize the task at hand, the disease to be fixed, or the exam that needs to be studied for,” he said. “Instead, I hope to always thrive on the beauty of the relationships that have been established from such circumstances and recognize the image of God that resides in each and every living soul I encounter.”

Past Recipients


Charles Henderson, Allied Health
Xitlali Topete, LVN to BSN


Rebekah Guerra, Psychology
Shae Suiter, Business: Marketing


Bridgette Kielhack, Business
Tobias Brown, Nursing


Kaitlyn Lee, History
Tyler Jamison, History


Lauren McNair, Social Work
Curtis Isozaki, Liberal Studies


Marissa Hilmes, Nursing
Christopher Waks, Theology


Gabrielle Aquino, Psychology
Brett Johnson, Communications


Cameron Justice, Service in the Community
Ricky Chao, Service Internationally
Jonathan Garcia, Service within APU
Rebecca Borst, Service through Academics


Allison Risley, Service in the Community
Adah Fisher, Service Internationally
Elisabet Medina, Service within APU
Stacey Kim, Service through an Academic Course


Luke Spink, Service in the Community
Angel Gonzalez, Service Internationally
Bradley Bedsole, Service within APU
Laurel Bishop, Service through an Academic Course


Lauren Metzig, Service in Community
Rhoman Goyenechea, Service Internationally
Bethany Ulrich, Service through an Academic Course
Phil Brazell, Service within APU


Matt Brannon, Service in Community
Megan Klingensmith, Service through an Academic Course
Giovanna Miraya, Service within APU
Megan Sievert, Service Internationally


Danielle Pruitt, Service within APU
Melanie Seawright, Service in Community
Michelle Siemens, Service Internationally
Rebekah Clark, Service within APU


Amy Thurber, Service in Community
Faith Lee, Service Internationally
Rosa Gaeta, Service through an Academic Course
Andre Borgmann, Service within APU


Bet Freed
Kyle Thompson
Michelle Asbill
Kari Mandl