Gabe LeBeau, right, receives the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis.

LeBeau Receives Benedictine’s 2024 Young Alumni Award

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., announced on May 10, 2024, that Gabriel LeBeau, from the Class of 2020, is the Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient for this year. The award recognizes alumni who are under 35 years old, have distinguished themselves in their community and profession, and who support the values promoted at Benedictine College. Each year the honoree returns to address the graduating seniors at the traditional Senior Champagne Brunch the day before Commencement.

“I extend my thanks to Benedictine College,” he said. “I am deeply grateful for the invaluable formation, values and opportunities that have shaped me in the person I am today. Your commitment to nurturing young minds for lives of significance and purpose is truly commendable.”

In his address, he talked about being magnanimous and using one’s God-given gifts to help others.

“So, Class of 2024, as you embark on your journey, remember this: greatness and dreaming big are not about a specific career, a specific relationship, or a specific pursuit of what the world would call success,” LeBeau told the gathered seniors. “True greatness lies in embracing your gifts, your faith, and your talents unapologetically, and using them to truly serve others for the glory of God, not the glory of ourselves.”

“Whatever you decide, Benedictine College has empowered you with the tools and values to make true change,” he concluded. “Go do great things, not only for God, but to find God. Allow your heart to be stretched through practicing magnanimity. Be leaders in your communities, beacons of light in a world yearning for greatness, a world yearning for God. And as you pursue your hopes and dreams, remember that true fulfilment is found in knowing and serving the Lord in all you do.”

LeBeau is from Tempe, Arizona, and graduated from Benedictine College in 2020 with a double major in Philosophy and Biology. His thirst for knowledge and intellectual curiosity set the stage for his trajectory in the field of medicine.  He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine with his medical degree the day after his presentation, Saturday, May 11, 2024. His medical school journey culminated with securing his top-choice residency position at the University of Kansas Medical Center, specializing in neurological surgery.

Driven by a desire to live a life of service and mission, LeBeau aspires to sub-specialize in skull base cranial surgery, while remaining open to the diverse array of opportunities within neurosurgery, including pediatrics, vascular, and spinal deformity surgery. He said his dedication to the field is underscored by a deep-seated appreciation for the vocational aspect of medicine, viewing it as a noble profession that allows physicians to embody the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.