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Tanner Yankey receives Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at UC


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) honored Tanner Yankey (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at the 55th Annual Honors Day on April 27, 2014 in Gatliff Chapel.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award honors a male student in the senior class who has made significant contributions to university life and demonstrated outstanding spiritual values. The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, now located in Oxford, Miss., was chartered in New York State in 1930. Its purpose is to promote service to others and service to the broader community, values that were exemplified by Algernon and Mary Mildred Sullivan, the parents of the organization’s founder.

In addition to providing support for financial aid to small private colleges, located primarily in the Appalachian region, the Sullivan Foundation also collaborates with 54 southeastern colleges and universities to present awards in memory of Algernon and Mary Mildred Sullivan.

Tanner Colin Yankey is the son of Tommy and Cheryle Yankey of Lawrenceburg, Ky. He will graduate with degrees in Psychology and in Missions and Ministry. Tanner has been active in numerous religious and ministry groups on campus, in the community, and in his hometown. Among these, he has served as audio/visual coordinator for Baptist Campus Ministries, a CentriKid camp chaperone, a vacation bible school volunteer, and a fill-in pastor. Tanner has been accepted into the Masters of Marriage and Family therapy program at Johnson University.

One professor noted that Tanner is a, “Self-motivated learner which has allowed him to learn a great deal on his own through independent reading and research.” The faculty member also noted that, “Tanner demonstrates outstanding spiritual values.”

In addition, Yankey was also named to the J.T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society. In order to be eligible for membership, a student must have completed at least 96 semester hours as a full-time student and have a 3.5 standing or better each semester. The student must have a cumulative standing of 3.7 or better. Students who have transferred to the University have a different set of rules depending on G.P.A. and number of hours taken at UC.

Yankey was also named to the University’s High Honor Roll. Students recognized for this honor must attain a minimum of 3.85 cumulative grade point average standing.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit