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Kristen Keller receives Mary Mildred Sullivan Award at UC


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) honored Kristen Keller (Greenville, Ind.) with the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award at the 55th Annual Honors Day on April 27, 2014 in Gatliff Chapel.

The Mary Mildred Sullivan Award honors a female 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.

Kristen Elaine Keller is the daughter of Mark and Mary Keller and is a native of Greenville, Ind. She will be receiving a degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology.

While at Cumberland, Kristen has been a Presidential Scholar, a STAR in the Insights program, a peer tutor in the Academic Resource Center, a member of the Chamber Choir, a member of Psi Chi, the Psychology honor society, a resident hall director, a resident hall assistant, a student life assistant, an athletic training room assistant, and a freshman blogger. She was also the University of the Cumberlands 2013 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Representative.

Outside of her campus involvement, Kristen has volunteered at CarePlus PT Solutions and with two Kosair Kid’s Center for Pediatric Therapies camps for children with various types of gross and fine motor disabilities.

Upon graduation, Kristen plans to become a certified Occupational Therapist and Child Life Specialist.

She was described by a faculty member as, “An exceptionally giving, hard-working and intelligent young woman, who is truly beautiful, inside and out.”

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