Antioch University Establishes Bruce and Arlene Crandall Social Courage Award

Antioch University is both humbled and proud to establish the Bruce and Arlene Crandall Social Courage Award, with its first grant slated for Fall 2017. Founded by Antioch University Board of Governors member Steve Crandall, the award will enable the research, planning, and testing of actionable ideas for sustainable community improvement proposed by Antioch University students. The award is named for Steve Crandall’s father, Colonel (Ret.) Bruce Crandall, and late mother, Arlene Crandall.

The Bruce and Arlene Crandall Social Courage Award will reduce the financial barrier between idea and action, and encourage recipients to break new ground in the promotion of social justice. The award also includes faculty, community, and alumni mentorship and support. Currently, the award has more than $53,000 in contributions and continues to grow with support from the community.

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“This program is one way AUS students may take action and deliver on the commitment to social justice that they adopted when they accepted admission,” said Crandall, who pledged an initial $30,000 to the award program. “I look forward to the creative and innovative ways future award recipients apply the valuable knowledge and inspiration gained at AUS toward helping and inspiring others through entrepreneurism and community engagement.”

Colonel Bruce P. Crandall (Ret.) is a husband, father, explorer, pilot, Vietnam War hero, engineer, and civic leader. Colonel Crandall will participate in a Vietnam War panel discussion with former prisoner of war Captain Joseph Crecca, Jr., U.S. Air Force (ret.), and Joseph (Joe) L. Galloway, one of the best-known correspondents of the Vietnam War, on May 23rd at Shoreline College.

Colonel Crandall’s awards include two Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and the Congressional Medal of Honor—the latter was earned for leadership and fearless courage in Vietnam as he “voluntarily flew his unarmed helicopter through a gauntlet of enemy fire, delivering desperately needed water and medical supplies….” He also made 16 trips to the front lines, transporting wounded to safety during a voluntary mission that even MedEvac pilots declined. His courage inspired other pilots to follow his example, multiplying the impact of the missions. Crandall remains committed to promoting the courage necessary for social justice to this day.
Arlene Crandall was also acknowledged in her lifetime. She was made an Honorary General by the US Army and an Honorary Admiral by the US Navy. She was awarded the Order of St. Joan D’Arc by the US Cavalry and Armory Association and the Honorable Order of Our Lady of Loreto by the Army Aviation Association. She passed away in 2010, leaving a legacy that continues to inspire.

Crandall Social Courage Award
The award reflects Antioch University’s commitment to providing educational access, healing, and social support to America’s veterans. In addition to this new award program, Antioch University Seattle also supports the Clemente Veteran’s Initiative, which draws upon the study of humanities to support American servicemen and women who are struggling with the transition to civilian life, as well as the Institute of War Stress Injuries, Recovery, and Social Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the military and national healthcare systems through the investigation and elimination of the preventable causes of behavioral health crises in military personnel, their families, and civilians affected by war.

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About Antioch University:
Inspired by the pioneering work of 19th-century educator Horace Mann, Antioch University promotes higher education that incorporates the common good, values experiential learning, and fosters a diverse academic community. Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.

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