The Arthur H. Vandenberg Award Endowment to Michigan State University International Studies and Programs provides for collaboration with the Greater Lansing United Nations Association in organizing the annual United Nation Anniversary dinner and program commemorating the founding of the United Nations on October 24, 1945. The endowment and award honors Michigan's US Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg who led the US Congressional Delegation in approving the United States government as a founding and charter member of the United Nations. Criteria for selection of recipients of the Vandenberg Award include " A national record of building international cooperation and continuing strong US engagement as a leading member of the United Nations following the example of Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg". Below are previous awardees.
Senator Debbie Stabenow - As a ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Stabenow has been a champion for international food aid security and is a strong supporter of the United Nations World Food Program. In 2014, she received the World Food Program USA’s McGovern-Dole Leadership Award for her work on the Farm Bill, which authorizes several programs implemented by the WFP like the Food for Peace Title II and the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program. Senator Stabenow is also a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over international trade issues. In recognition of this work, she was named a member of former President Obama’s Export Council in 2010. Senator Stabenow has consistently supported policies and programs to strengthen international cooperation. Last year, she supported emergency funding to help with the global humanitarian relief efforts responding to the Syrian refugee crisis. In addition to the World Food and other humanitarian aid initiatives, Senator Stabenow has been a strong advocate for global health, education, and climate change programs. Senator Stabenow also supports important initiatives including the United Nations Population Fund, Children’s Fund, and the Paris Climate Agreement. During her time in the Senate, she voted for the treaty ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Senator Stabenow strongly supports continued U.S. membership in the United Nations and the important role the United States plays as a global leader.