Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
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The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is an award presented to graduating seniors, alumni, and community members of selected colleges and universities in the Southern United States for excellence of character and service to humanity.
The Award consists of a copper medallion, an engraved certificate, and the biography of Algernon Sydney Sullivan. Recipients were chosen yearly from the graduation class of each institution, which also had the privilege of honoring one non-student conspicuously helpful to and associated with the institution in its effort to encourage and preserve a high standard of character.
The award was first given by the New York Southern Society in honor of prominent New York lawyer, Algernon Sydney Sullivan, at Peabody College in Nashville, now part of Vanderbilt University. That success led to the establishment of the Award in other institutions, and for the disposition of the fund provided for that purpose.
By 1934, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was being presented to deserving individuals at thirteen colleges throughout the South. In 1936, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation began distributing scholarships at four of those institutions.
- Cynthia Bathurst, animal rights activist
- Hester A. Davis, Arkansas State Archaeologist
- Robert Gates, U.S. Secretary of Defense
- Betty Jane Gorin-Smith, Kentucky historian
- Lewis Craig Humphrey, Kentucky Newspaper editor
- Paul Goodloe McIntire, Investment banker
- SaraJane Emily Renfroe, Human Rights Activist
- Conkin, Paul Keith (2002). Peabody College: From a Frontier Academy to the Frontiers of Teaching and Learning. Vanderbilt University Press. p. 211. ISBN 9780826514257.
- Wilson, Kathleen Curtis (1 Nov 2005). Uplifting the South: Mary Mildred Sullivan's Legacy for Appalachia. The Overmountain Press. ISBN 9781570723025.
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