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Nominate a Selfless Alumni Volunteer for the Arabella Carter Award

Do you know of a classmate or other Swarthmore alumna/us who goes above and beyond through their volunteer work? Honor them through a nomination for the College’s Arabella Carter Award.

Arabella Carter was one of the great unsung heroes who worked for peace and social justice in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in the early 1900s. She never sought publicity or recognition for her work and is now all but forgotten by everyone except Friends Historical Library archivists, who see her hand in Quaker peace and social justice work over three decades. Arabella appears to have received no monetary compensation for all these services—living simply on family money.

The annual Arabella Carter Award, established in 1997 by the Alumni Council, honors alumni who have made significant contributions as volunteers in their own community or on a regional or national level. The Council hopes to honor alumni whose volunteer service is relatively unknown.

If you know such a person—especially if your class is having a reunion in 2009—please contact the Alumni Office at (610) 328-8402 and request an award nomination form, or visit to nominate a worthy candidate.

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