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02/06/2008

Winthrop Students Awarded Scholarships for Community Service and Academics


ROCK HILL, S.C. - Two Winthrop University students have received scholarships this year from the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation to help further their college education.

Christina Ruth Williams, a senior English major from Aiken, S.C., and Kelly Leahy Turney, a senior physical education major from Versailles, Ky., were chosen as recipients of the foundation’s scholarships because of their active commitment to community service and their academic excellence.

The foundation, which contributed $5,000 to Winthrop in December, has been a consistent contributor to the university since 1999. To date, the foundation has provided more than $90,000 to Winthrop to use for scholarships.

Established in New York in 1934 and now based in Oxford, Miss., the foundation promotes the values of community service exemplified by Algernon and Mary Mildred Sullivan, parents of the organization’s founder, George Hammond Sullivan.

In addition to providing support for financial aid to higher education institutions, the Sullivan Foundation also collaborates with 53 Southeastern colleges and universities, including Winthrop, in presenting awards in memory of Algernon and Mary Mildred Sullivan. Two medallions are presented annually to graduating students who have given great service to Winthrop University. Students chosen served altruistically and have made a commitment to continue to serve their community after they leave Winthrop University.

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