Winthrop University: Alumni Association - About the Association - Alumni Awards - 2017 Recipients
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Alumni Awards

Each November, the Winthrop Alumni Association presents awards during the Alumni Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, held during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, to alumni who have demonstrated Winthrop's tradition of excellence. 


2017 Recipients


Mary Mildred Sullivan Award

Polly Wylie Ford '48

Polly Wylie Ford '48
Rock Hill, South Carolina
This award, established in 1940, recognizes a Winthrop alumna for selfless dedication of time, energy and talent in service to others.
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Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Larry Durham '80, '87

Larry Durham Sr. '80, '87
Lancaster, South Carolina
This award recognizes a Winthrop alumnus for selfless dedication of time, energy and talent in service to others.
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Alumni Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes a Winthrop alumna/us who significantly contributes to the quality of life in his or her community, the development of values and morals within others and serves as an outstanding citizen. Distinguished service may have been rendered with one's profession, church, charity, family or school on a national, state or local level. The recipient shall be a dedicated alumna/us who supports the growth and development of Winthrop through service to and/or support of established programs and objectives.
The 2017 Alumni Distinguished Service Award recognizes four alumnae who were pioneers for African-American students at Winthrop. Two of the recipients are celebrating their 50th class reunion this year.

Delores Johnson Hurt '68   Arnetta Gladden Mackey '67
Delores Johnson Hurt '68
Charlotte, North Carolina
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  Arnetta Gladden Mackey '67
(posthumous award)
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Cynthia Plair Roddey '67   Sue Meriwether Steed '67
Cynthia Plair Roddey '67
Catawba, South Carolina
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  Sue Frances Meriwether Steed '67
North Charleston, South Carolina
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Alumni Professional Achievement Award

Jay Karen '96

Jay Karen '96
Daniel Island, South Carolina
This award is presented to an alumna/us who has made significant contributions to his or her professional field while exemplifying high moral and business ethics. 
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Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Zainab Ghadiyali '09

Zainab Ghadiyali '09
San Francisco, California
This award recognizes a Winthrop alumna/us age 35 or younger whose service to the university, service to the community and professional achievements have reflected positively on all alumni and the university.
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Last Updated: 1/13/23