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Sullivan Award recipients announced


David Atwood and Kayla Minder

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands is pleased to announce that Kayla Minder and David Atwood are the 2007 recipients of the Mary Mildred and Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards. The awards are given annually on Founder’s Day to a graduating senior male and female who have demonstrated outstanding spiritual qualities, satisfactory academic achievement, a high degree of leadership ability and a willingness to participate to extra-curricular activities.

Minder, the recipient of the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award, is from Lexington and has a major in social work and a minor in psychology. She has volunteered with organizations such as Emergency Christian Ministries and Appalachian Ministries, and has served as a leader of Baptist Campus Ministries. For the past four years, she has worked with the University of Kentucky Comprehensive Assessment and Training Services where she learned hands-on social work skills. During the summer of 2005, the Surdna Foundation named her a Citizen Scholar. After graduating, she plans to marry her fiancé Ben Burke and to pursue a master’s degree in clinical social work.

Atwood, the recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, majors in middle school education with emphases in mathematics and social studies. He has participated in many organizations and activities including being a STAR in the INSIGHTS program, working as a resident assistant for two years, performing in the Madrigal Dinners, volunteering in the Appalachian Ministries program, participating in the Baptist Campus Ministry’s Discipleship Now Weekends, and going on two mission trips through the Baptist Campus Ministry to Cincinnati, Ohio and Nice, France. After graduation, he plans to marry his fiancée, Magan Hess, and move back home to Atlanta and teach at a Christian middle school while Magan attends seminary at McAfee School of Theology.

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 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 in presenting awards in memory of Algernon and Mary Mildred Sullivan.

University of the Cumberlands congratulates Kayla Minder and David Atwood for their dedication to education and service as the 2007 recipients of the Mary Mildred and Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards.