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Sullivan Award Nominations Accepted Until Feb. 27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2019) — Nominations for the 2019 Sullivan Awards, the University of Kentucky’s prestigious honor for inspirational humanitarian achievements by students and community members, are being taken until Friday, Feb. 27.

Three winners — two outstanding students from this year’s graduating class, and a distinguished community member — will be formally recognized in a ceremony in April. They will receive a Sullivan Medallion  and a certificate signed by UK President Eli Capilouto.

Students who are eligible to receive the 2019 award must have graduated no earlier than August 2018 or be scheduled to graduate May 2019. The community member must have a UK connection as an employee, alumnus/alumna or friend.

The criteria for selection, which puts a premium on character, integrity and humanitarian service, are written in the spirit of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a Southerner, who became a prominent lawyer, businessman and philanthropist in New York in the late 19th century. The guidelines state that “in the selection of the recipients, nothing shall be considered except the possession of such characteristics of heart, mind and conduct as evince a spirit of love for helpfulness to other men and women.”

Officially known as the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards, they were established by the New York Southern Society in 1925. UK has recognized Sullivan Award winners since 1927 and is one of several Southern universities that present Sullivan Awards, sponsored by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation.

Begin the nomination process by sending a letter of nomination to Phil Harling, chair of the Sullivan Committee, at Letters should be one to two pages in length and should describe how the nominee meets the criteria set forth for the award.

For more information about the award, visit the UK Sullivan Award website at

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