The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

The New York Southern Society established the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards in 1925 in memory of Mr. Sullivan, a southerner who became a prominent lawyer, businessman and philanthropist in New York in the late nineteenth century. The award seeks to perpetuate the excellence of character and humanitarian service of Algernon Sydney Sullivan by recognizing and honoring such qualities in others.

  • Recognition of selflessness
  • Generosity of service
  • Nobility of character
  • Person of integrity
  • Depth of spirituality

Mr. Sullivan was a man who "reached out both hands in constant helpfulness to others." The guidelines to the Award describe him as an accomplished lawyer, a mediator, a powerful orator, a noted philanthropist, a courageous citizen during perilous times, as well as a deeply spiritual and devoted family man.

Alumni or Community Candidate

Selection Criteria

Bluefield College recognizes one alumnus(a) or community member each year who demonstrates the qualities outlined by Mr. Sullivan below. The alumnus(a) is presented with the award at the Spring Commencement ceremony. The deadline for nominations each year is March 31.

  • Recognition of selflessness
  • Generosity of service
  • Nobility of character
  • Person of integrity
  • Depth of spirituality

Student Candidate

Selection Criteria

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is intended for a student who exhibits:

  • Nobility of character as demonstrated by their thought and action and commitment to placing service to others before themselves
  • Nobility of character as the aggregate of honesty, morality, ethics, integrity, responsibility, determination, courage and compassion
  • Nobility of character as a continuous expression of those high qualities which enable and beautify living, binding people together in mutual love and helpfulness

Selection Process

Only an undergraduate graduating senior is eligible for this award. The Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Development and the Associate Vice President for Student Development announces the beginning of the nomination process in early March, including a description of the qualities sought. At the April committee meeting, the names of the nominees are presented along with a brief synopsis of the students' accomplishments and activities, prepared by the AVP for Student Development and the Registrar from the nominations and other sources. The committee votes by secret ballot for one person. The person who receives a majority of votes cast is given the award.  The person will be awarded at the May Commencement.

 

Nominations and Eligibility

Nominations should be made in writing and on standardized forms. Nominations should be presented to the Associate Vice President for Student Development and then given to the committee formed of faculty, staff, and students who are appointed by the President of the College. A person may not nominate oneself.

The Sullivan Award should NOT be tied to or influenced by:

  • Academic achievement
  • Athletic achievement
  • Business success
  • Professional ability
  • Political leadership

 


Nominate a Sullivan Award Candidate

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award Form

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Nominee Information

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