West Virginia Wesleyan College has been named a new participant in the Sullivan Awards program with the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation. Wesleyan joins a network of colleges and universities recognized by the foundation for their emphasis on community service.
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation was created in 1930 to honor young men and women who show remarkable character and integrity, and who demonstrate a commitment to service to others. The foundation provides scholarships to rising juniors at 31 colleges and universities, and presents annual awards to graduating seniors, alumni, or community members who meet the award criteria at 61 institutions. Most of the colleges and universities served are in the American South.
The foundation administers two annual awards, each bestowing a certificate and a medallion upon the recipients: The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award. These non-monetary awards recognize individuals who demonstrate the highest standards of character, integrity and service to others and to their community. Sullivan Awards are highly prized, and over the years have been bestowed on notable individuals including Eleanor Roosevelt and Fred Rogers, noted star of children's television, and Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell. This spring, Wesleyan will present the Sullivan Foundation awards at the awards ceremony banquet.
West Virginia Wesleyan was named a new participant school after the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development hosted the Sullivan Foundation President Stephan L. McDavid for a visit on campus. His visit included meeting with President Pam Balch, taking a tour of the local Parish House and Clothes Closet nonprofit agencies, and talking with student leaders who participate in various leadership and service capacities on campus.
West Virginia Wesleyan offers 46 majors along with graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, education, English Writing and nursing. Wesleyan also offers the only co-curricular Leadership Certificate program in the state. During the past six years, 11 Wesleyan students have been named Fulbright Scholars while four others have won international scholarships through the U.S. Department of State.