Service Above Self

For more than 125 years, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards have honored those who put service above self. That spirit was the driving force in the lives of the Sullivans, and the awards bearing their names are meant to recognize those who keep it alive today. Each recipient is presented with a medallion, certificate, and biography of their award’s namesake – either Algernon or Mary.

A Special Honor

Sullivan Awards are given out on carefully-chosen college and university campuses in the American South. Using criteria maintained by the Foundation, Sullivan schools may present the awards to graduating seniors, alumni, or community members.

Sullivan Awards are highly prized and have been won by people whose lives of service have changed the world with little fanfare as well as those who have become household names – recipients include First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, television icon Fred Rogers, and Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell.