Pete Reid Award for Young Alumni
The Pete Reid Award for Young Alumni is given by the Alumni Association to someone whose youthful exuberance is demonstrated toward his or her career, community, and Whitman College as exemplified by Pete Reid '49, in his service to the College. This award is limited to graduates of the last ten years. Standards for recognition include outstanding recognition in his or her career or field of work or outstanding commitment in service to others, and a demonstrated commitment to Whitman College.
The 2019 Pete Reid Award for Young Alumni winner is Curt Bowen Class of 2008
Curt Bowen is co-founder and executive director of Semilla Nueva (New Seed) in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Cofounded with Joseph Bornstein '08, the goal of this non-governmental organization is to make biofortified maize a commercial success and reduce chronic malnutrition (stunting) in Central America's largest country, where 70% of the indigenous children under 5 years of age are stunted. Bowen has been recognized by Forbes 30 under 30 and the Muhammed Ali Center. He has received both an Ashoka and a Mualgo Fellowship for social entrepreneurs. Bowen's passionate social activism was evident at Whitman, where he cofounded Whitman Direct Action, a student group promoting sustainable opportunities through community-focused development. Since graduating, he has returned to campus to talk with students about Semilla Nueva, hosted a member of the class of 2017 for a fellowship and provided support and encouragement to numerous Whitties. The impact of Bowen's passion in action has been significant, and will be felt for generations to come.