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Sullivan Medallion
Call for 2017 Nominations

The 2017 Sullivan Awards Committee is now seeking nominations for recipients of the 2016 Sullivan Medallions, to be awarded in Spring 2017. Nominations should be based on "such characteristics of heart, mind, and conduct as evince a spirit of love for and helpfulness to other men and women."

These awards are presented in three categories:

  1. One Undergraduate Woman of the Graduating Class
    One Undergraduate Man of the Graduating Class
    One Other Person Who is Not a Student of the University

Since 1927, the University of Kentucky has been one of several southern universities that have awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion to graduating male and female students and one (non-student) citizen in recognition of their community service activities.

Among the recipients have been philanthropist E. O. Robinson, Courier-Journal publisher Barry Bingham, future Nobel laureate William N. Lipscomb Jr., Vice President of the United States Alben W. Barkley - as well as those whose service was almost anonymous. The latter include Patrick Smith, who in retirement built homes for the poor on three continents; Earl Ogata, who devoted years to serving Lexington’s poor, alcoholic, and homeless, led Spanish and Japanese churches, and provides a home to international students through the International Fellowship Program; Elizabeth Rebmann, who, while on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Kentucky National Guard, worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people there; and Joshua Nadzam, who volunteered extensively with the Catholic Action Center, the Kentucky Refugee Ministry, Ronald McDonald House, God’s Pantry, the Hope Center, and headed the campus “Soles for Souls” shoe drive. These individuals gave their time and energy to improve the lives of others.

Nominations should be submitted to:

The Sullivan Awards Committee
c/o Buck Ryan, Chairman
134 Grehan Building
School of Journalism and Telecommunications
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506

Or send email to to begin nomination process.

Awards will be announced April 18, 2017

Updated March 30, 2017 by Webmaster