Our history dates back to the 1850s, when Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a lawyer and Southern transplant living in New York City, made a name for himself by using his intelligence, wealth, and social status to help those who were less fortunate. After his death, the New York Southern Society – a social organization founded by Sullivan – sought to honor him in the only way that he would have found acceptable: by honoring others. Thus, the Sullivan award was born in 1890. The Sullivan Foundation was established in 1934 to ensure the continuity of that mission. Today, the Sullivan award is presented at all of our 70 schools – one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduates at many schools. In addition to the award, we provide scholarships to a select number of schools to support their students pursuing changemaking careers.