Oglethorpe University was selected in 2011 by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation (www.sullivanfdn.org) to have the honor of presenting the highly prized Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards to two deserving seniors. Oglethorpe joins an exclusive list of only 60 Sullivan Award Schools nationwide (including Davidson, Duke, Elon, Furman, Guilford, Rhodes and Sewanee.)
The awards were created 100 years ago to honor the husband and wife for whom the awards are named. The awards are presented to a male and female graduating senior whose nobility of character, integrity and dedication to service sets them apart as examples to others.
Sullivan Awards, represented by a bronze medallion, are highly prized. Previous recipients who have proven their ability to live up to the standards set by this honor range from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to Fred Rogers, noted star of children’s television.
The first Oglethorpe Sullivan Awards will be presented at the Honors and Awards Convocation on April 10, 2012 in the Conant Performing Arts Center, replacing the President’s Community Service Award.
“Since 1835, we have helped students make a life, make a living and make a difference through our commitment to the ideals of service, citizenship, and humanitarianism,” said President Larry Schall. “As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the founding of our Center for Civic Engagement, we are proud to once again be recognized for the extraordinary efforts of our students, faculty, and staff.”
The deadline date for nominations is THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012. A selection committee of faculty, staff and students has been assembled to review and choose two outstanding seniors. Nominations of worthy candidates may be made online. Oglethorpe faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the Board of Trustees are eligible to make nominations.