Plans for the 2020-2021 academic year will be established in concert with the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges and in response to the Covid19 pandemic.


During the 2019-2020 academic year, the Pilgrim Place community will offer two $15,000 Napier Awards for Creative Leadership to graduating seniors at the five Claremont Colleges. The Awards were established as a memorial to Davie and Joy Napier, longtime residents of Pilgrim Place, who in earlier years had remarkable careers as prophetic advocates for a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

The Awards will be given to two graduating seniors who demonstrate outstanding leadership promise in the areas of social justice, peace, and environmental sustainability. Each of the five colleges will nominate up to three students for the Awards. All students nominated by the schools will be named Napier Fellows and will have the opportunity for a one-year mentoring relationship with Pilgrim Place residents having a significant vocational affinity with the nominees. Two award recipients will be chosen from the nominees by a selection panel at Pilgrim Place.

The Napier Initiative is a relational program which links students with elders whose lifetime of experience in social justice work has an affinity with the student's proposed project.  All students and mentors meet together on designated occasions at Pilgrim Place to get aquainted and explore mutual interests.  On March 28, 2020, all nominees will be joined by others from the Colleges, as well as by Pilgrim Place and community members, for a reception honoring all the Napier nominees and a festive banquet at which the two Napier Awardees will be publicly announced.

Pilgrim Place is home to some 350 men and women, most of whom had careers as leaders of a variety of religious and non-profit, charitable organizations in the United States and around the world.  Many of them have had long careers and wide experiences in the quest for a just, peaceful, and a sustainable world.

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