YHC Selected to Present Prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation Annual Awards

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Author: Ali Neese
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Young Harris College Selected to Present Prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation Annual Awards

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga.—Young Harris College is one of four Georgia colleges and universities recently selected to participate in the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation awards program.

Young Harris College, Berry College, Oglethorpe University and Wesleyan College join a small group of 60 distinguished colleges and universities in the U.S. that bestow the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards upon students, alumni or community members each year.

“The trustees and I feel that these four institutions and their students embody the ideal of devoted service that the Sullivan Foundation values in our Award Schools,” Sullivan Foundation President Stephen McDavid said.

The Sullivan Awards were created nearly 100 years ago to honor the service of the husband and wife for whom the awards are named. The colleges and universities that participate in the Sullivan Awards program reflect the interest of Algernon Sydney Sullivan and his wife, Mary Mildred Sullivan, a native of Virginia, in the education of students in the Appalachian region.

To honor their lives of service to others, the awards are given annually by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation to a man and a woman whose nobility of character and dedication to service sets them apart as examples for others. Previous recipients of the Sullivan Awards include First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and noted children’s television star Fred Rogers.

At Young Harris College, recipients of the AlgernonSydney SullivanandMary Mildred SullivanAwardsmay be nominated by students, faculty, staff and administrators and will be selected by a committee comprised of campus representatives. The award, a bronze medallion accompanied by a framed certificate, will be presented to recipients each year at YHC’s commencement ceremony, beginning Saturday, May 5, 2012.

“Young Harris College is honored to be named as a participating institution in the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards,” YHC Vice President for Academic Affairs Ron Roach, Ph.D., said. “The Sullivan Foundation has a long and distinguished history at many of the finest colleges and universities across the Southeast, and its emphasis on integrity, character and service is a perfect match for the mission of YHC. It is fitting that this award should occupy a central place in our second commencement service as a baccalaureate degree-granting institution.”

About The Sullivan Foundation
The Sullivan Foundation was created in 1930 to honor young men and women who show remarkable character and integrity, and who demonstrate a commitment to service to others. In addition to the four new schools, the Foundation presents annual awards to graduating seniors at 57 other institutions and provides scholarships to rising juniors at 31 colleges and universities. Most of the colleges and universities it serves are in the Appalachian region of the southeastern United States. Today, the Sullivan Foundation is growing beyond scholarships and awards to encourage the study of philanthropy, service and social entrepreneurship on all college campuses.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.