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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.
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.
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.
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is intended for a student who exhibits:
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 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:
Please enter the information of the person filling out the form below.
Affiliation with Bluefield College*
i.e. alumnus, trustee, friend, parent, etc.
Please enter the award nominee's information below.
This is an alumni/community nominee.
This is a student nominee.
Please provide an explanation as to why this person is deserving of the award.*
Please describe the ways in which this person exhibits character, integrity, service above self, and a deep spirituality.*
Nominee Résumé (if available)