In 2003, Duke University re-joined approximately 68 other Southern universities in presenting the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. This award program, sponsored by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, recognizes one graduating senior, one graduate/professional student (House Staff included), and one member of the faculty and staff of Duke University or Duke Health for their outstanding commitment to service.
The New York Southern Society established the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards in 1925 in memory of Mr. Sullivan, a southerner who became a prominent lawyer, businessman and philanthropist in New York in the late nineteenth century. The award seeks to perpetuate the excellence of character and humanitarian service of Algernon Sydney Sullivan by recognizing and honoring such qualities in others.
Duke University gives this award annually to recognize members of the Duke community who have demonstrated generosity of character and acted as humble community members, placing service to others before self-interest. Qualities and contribution to others should be practically applied to daily living, distinct from academic and professional achievements. Strong nominations have multiple letters of support and can be submitted either as one nomination or multiple nominations. We particularly welcome nominations of individuals who have not been previously recognized for their contributions to the community.
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award committee desires that this prestigious opportunity for recognition be available to students and employees alike regardless of their role at the University. This ensures that all who make significant contributions to the campus community and the community at large will be considered as candidates for this unique award.