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Harold Scharper Achievement Award Recipients

Previous Harold Scharper Achievement Award Recipients (since 2007)

See the DRES Harold Scharper Award Recipients from 1950-2006 here.



The Harold Scarper Awards become part of the Distinguished Alumni Awards program in the College of Applied Health Sciences.

Harold Scharper Achievement Award

Gerald W. Kortness, B.A. ‘65
President, G. W. Kortness and Associates, Inc., Spooner, WI


Harold Scharper Humanitarian Award

Clifford D. Crase, Jr. (deceased)
Editor/Publisher Paraplegia News; Senior Editor Sports ‘N Spokes, Phoenix, AZ


Harold Scharper Achievement Award

Steven M. Herbst, B.S. ‘88
Business Analyst Manager, Allstate Insurance, Northbrook, IL


Harold Scharper Humanitarian Award

Richard W. Kommers, A.B. ‘69, J.D. ‘73
Retired Advisor to the Counsel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, MD


Harold Scharper Achievement Award

Dr. James A. Kutsch, Jr., Ph.D. ‘76
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Seeing Eye, Inc., Morristown, NJ


Harold Scharper Humanitarian Award

Martin I. Morse, B.S. ‘84, M.S. ‘87
Olympic and Paralympic Coach, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL


Harold Scharper Achievement Award

Carl Suter, A.B. ‘77
Chief Executive Officer, Retired, Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bethesda, MD


Harold Scharper Humanitarian Award

Thomas R. Brown, B.M.E. ‘71, M.S. ‘72
Director, National Veterans Wheelchair Games, San Antonio, TX


Harold Scharper Achievement Award

Yusef A. Dale, B.S. ‘93, J.D. ‘96
Federal Prosecutor, US Attorney’s Office, Chicago, IL


Harold Scharper Humanitarian Award

James W. Gallo, B.S. ‘84
Managing Partner, Gallo Associates, LLC, Schaumburg, IL


The Harold Scharper Achievement Award and Harold Scharper Humanitarian Award merged into one award.

Tiana Tozer, M.A. '93
Professional Speaker and Humanitarian Aid Worker, Portland, OR


Parviz Parhami, B.S. '74; M.S. '76; Ph.D. '79
Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Scientific Applications and Research Associates, Cypress, CA


Mark Goldhaber, J.D. '77
Founder and Principal, Goldhaber Policy Services, LLC, Raleigh, NC


Kareem Dale, B.S. '95, M.B.A. '99, J.D. '99
Director and Senior Counsel, Discover Financial Services, Deerfield, IL


Brad Hedrick, Ph.D. '84
Director Emeritus, Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL


Jean Driscoll, B.A. '91, M.S. '93
Senior Director of Development, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, Champaign, IL


Kevin A. Fritz, B.S. '10
Associate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chicago, Illinois


Dr. Patricia Barett Malik, M.S. '82; Ph.D. '88, Director (retired), Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services, Champaign, Illinois