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The Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism – by Linda Gottwald


A passionate animal lover and activist, Linda Gottwald was the recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism for her volunteer work with The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago.

Created in 1940, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship was founded to support Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s medical and humanitarianism work in Africa. Although Dr. Schweitzer died in 1965, the fellowship continues its work to develop leaders who improve health care for vulnerable populations in underserved communities in Africa and the United States.

The fellowship achieves its goal through a comprehensive model created to develop dedicated leaders in service. The model consists of a value-driven curriculum, community-based service projects, mentorships, and fellowship with like-minded colleagues.

Programs include the U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program, which awards approximately 250 outstanding health and human service students. The Schweitzer Legacy Project connects with organizations around the world, while creating valuable partnerships and making educational material and innovative programming available to the public.

The Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, created in 1986, recognizes people who have worked to advance humanitarianism in the United States. Past honorees include President Jimmy Carter, Dr. C. Everett Koop, and Norman Cousins.

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship depends on charitable donations and grants, and all donations are tax deductible.

About the author: With advanced degrees in education, journalism, and nursing, Linda Gottwald enjoys a rewarding professional life. Gottwald is a nurse practitioner currently working at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan, and is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern Michigan College. She has also been a journalist, family nurse practitioner, emergency room nurse, and elementary school educator.