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University of the Cumberlands Present Prestigious Sullivan Awards


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) seniors Sabrina Smith (London, KY) and Donte’ Paul (Cave City, KY) received the prestigious Mary Mildred and Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards during UC’s Founders’ Day ceremony on Monday, January 16. The awards were given to the two students in recognition of their academic and spiritual excellence and their dedication to service to others.

Sabrina Smith is the daughter of Gary and Joyce Smith of London, Kentucky. Sabrina will be receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, with double majors in Human Services and Religion.

While at the University of the Cumberlands Sabrina has maintained a 3.8 GPA while working full time as Assistant Manager of a local restaurant. As if that were not enough, Sabrina serves as President of the Global Awareness Program, is a member of the honor society Theta Alpha Kappa, and has served as a volunteer Admissions Ambassador and a tutor at the Academic Resource Center.

Sabrina served as a short-term missionary to Macedonia in the summer of 2010 and is active in her local church. She is committed to making the world a better place and plans to enter the McAfee School of Theology after graduation from UC with the goal of working with underprivileged children in the inner city.

Donte’ Paul is the son of Fred and Kelly Paul of Cave City, Kentucky. Donte’ will be receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, with double majors in Exercise and Sport Science and Public Health. “I feel humbled to have received this award because there are many more people just as qualified if not more than me,” said Donte’. I feel honored because the people who were nominated are role models in my daily life.”

While at the University of the Cumberlands Donte’ has maintained a 3.3 cumulative GPA, has served as a STAR in the Insights program, been a mentor in the UC Mentoring program, and has been inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. He is a member of the UC football team where he has been an Academic All Conference honoree on several occasions. He is a Hutton Scholar, has been on the Dean’s list and is currently a BCM Family Group Leader. Donte’ has served the Williamsburg community at the Emergency Christian Ministries and Friends for Families.

In addition to serving in his chosen field, Donte’ has a passion for spiritually feeding souls and seeing peoples’ lives changed through the ministry of the gospel. “I have a heart for serving people in the community,” exclaimed Donte’. “I’m interested in ministry work so this helps me to have inspiration to continue doing God’s will.”

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, now located in Oxford, Miss., was chartered in New York State in 1930. Its purpose is to promote service to others and service to the broader community, values that were exemplified by Algernon and Mary Mildred Sullivan, the parents of the organization’s founder.

In addition to providing support for financial aid to small private colleges, located primarily in the Appalachian region, the Sullivan Foundation also collaborates with 54 southeastern colleges and universities to present awards in memory of Algernon and Mary Mildred Sullivan.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.