Alumni Achievement Award

Church Farm School alumni have excelled in many fields including business and industry, the military, the arts, science, medicine and engineering. Some are also successful entrepreneurs or providers of professional services such as law, ministry, etc. And many are leaders in their professions who also have a history of achievements and contributions for the greater good.

To recognize these alumni is important for several reasons, not the least of which is to imbue current students with a sense of pride in their school. The school seeks to honor these distinguished alumni by creating an Alumni Achievement Award to recognize those CFS alumni whose accomplishments in their professions and lives are significant and praiseworthy.

It is expected that these honorees will be alumni exhibiting excellence and achievement in their fields. The award will be presented biannually to one or more recipients during Alumni Weekend.

• Develop a culture of pride in Church Farm School on the part of current students and all alumni.
• Instill in students a vision of success that transcends material gain.
• Recognize and showcase for others the accomplishments of successful CFS alumni.

Criteria for Selection
• Achievement: The recipient must be accomplished in his chosen profession. • Humility: The recipient must use his talents for the sake of others.
• Leadership: The recipient must be a leader in his profession and/or community.

Selection Process
The Head of School, President of the Alumni Association, one senior faculty member, President of the class and two additional alumni chosen by the Head of School in consultation with the President of the Alumni Association will comprise the Selection Committee. The Chair of the Board of Directors may attend ex officio. The Director of Alumni Relations and the Director of Development will staff the Committee. The selection process begins no later than November 15th with the Director of Alumni Relations’ announcement of the award and the deadline for nominations.

Alumni receive a straightforward and not too time-consuming nomination form. Following an initial review of the nominees, the Committee chooses finalists. More in-depth information may be requested of the nominators for these candidates, one or more of whom will be selected by the Head of School upon recommendation of the committee to receive the Alumni Achievement Award.

Presentation of the Alumni Achievement Award
The award will be presented during Alumni Weekend every other year at the annual dinner. The award itself will be an object that is reflective of leadership, altruism and talent. Church Farm School will also display a replica of the award with a listing of its recipients in a prominent place on campus.


The Alumni Awards Committee would like your help identifying alumni deserving of this award. When submitting a nomination, please include as much information as possible, including:
  • The name, phone number and email address of person making the nomination. The name of the graduate being nominated, along with class year and address.
  • Nomination statements that are no longer than 500 words.
  • Letters of support, newspaper and magazine articles, resumes and curriculum in addition to the nomination statement.
Nomination material should be mailed to:

Alumni Relations Office
Church Farm School
1001 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341

You can also nominate online here:
Questions? Call 610.363.5338 or email Lori McDermott, director of Alumni Relations, at
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Talmadge has been a strong supporter of Church Farm School, having led two fundraising challenges that have helped the school raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for its mission.
CECIL HENGEVELD '64 RECEIVES INAUGURAL ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD We were honored to present the school's first Alumni Achievement Award to Cecil Hengeveld '64 on May 18, 2018. After attending Church Farm School, Cecil earned a degree in professional aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He then spent 33 years in the aviation branch of the Army, reaching the rank of Brigadier General (PA). He was appointed Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans Affairs in 2001, supervising the administration of veteran’s assistant programs to Pennsylvania’s 1.12 million veterans and their dependents as well as the operation of the state’s six veteran’s homes and Scotland School for Veterans’ Children. He retired from the PA Army National Guard in the federally recognized rank of Colonel in 1998. In his last assignment, he commanded the Eastern Army National Guard Bureau field operating activity which conducts qualification and instructor pilot training, operates flight and flight weapons simulators, trains aviation maintenance specialists and operates an aero medical aviation clinic.

Hengeveld enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965. In 1967 he did a tour with the First Cavalry Division’s 2/20th Aerial Rocket Artillery Battalion in Vietnam. He later served as a flight instructor. He joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1970, receiving a direct commission to Second Lieutenant. He was the commander of the 1028th Transportation Helicopter company; EAATS simulator and instruments branch chief and operations training officers as well as an aviation staff officer in the State Area Command Headquarters of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He has commanded Army Aviation Support Facilities in Washington, PA, and Fort Indiantown Gap. He holds a Master Aviator rating with more than 7,100 flight hours in rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Air Medal with “V” device and 30 oak leaf clusters, Army commendation Medal and the Pennsylvania Commendation Medal. Hengeveld, along with his wife, Peggy, and Eric Weller ’74, spearheaded Church Farm School’s Military Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support for current Church Farm School students who have family members who are actively serving or who have served in the military.
The Church Farm School is an independent boarding and day school for boys in grades 9-12 located in Exton, PA. Founded in 1918 to provide an excellent education to young men from limited means, Church Farm School now serves boys from a range of socio-economic circumstances who are seeking an extraordinary educational opportunity. The school offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum and an exceptional level of personal attention, with class sizes averaging between just 7 and 12 students.