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Cumberlands announces Sullivan Awards recipients


Amy Beth Shemwell and Christopher Allen Tucker received the Mary Mildred and Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards during Founder’s Day Convocation at University of the Cumberlands on Monday, January 19.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands is pleased to announce that Amy Beth Shemwell and Christopher Allen Tucker are the 2009 recipients of the Mary Mildred and Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards. The awards are given annually on Founder’s Day to a graduating male and female senior who have demonstrated outstanding spiritual qualities, satisfactory academic achievement, a high degree of leadership ability and a willingness to participate to extra-curricular activities.

Shemwell, the recipient of the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award, is the daughter of John and Patricia Shemwell of Trenton, Ky. She is a public health major with a minor in social work. While at University of the Cumberlands, she has maintained a 3.87 grade point average.

Involved with several campus activities during her UC career, Shemwell has been a UC cheerleader for 4 years, and she is currently the team captain. Additionally, she has been involved with Student Government Association for 4 years, previously serving as attorney general and currently as chief of staff. Serving as a Star with the Insights program for three years, she has also been a member of the Asher Hall House Council for three years, serving as vice president, and currently as president. Shemwell has also participated in Mountain Outreach spring break mission trips and worked on the 2007 Mountain Outreach summer team.

Upon graduation, Shemwell plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health.

Christopher Allen Tucker, the recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, is the son of Jeffrey and Sabine Tucker of Stearns, Ky. He is a public health major with a minor in exercise sport science, and while at University of the Cumberlands, he has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.24.

During his years at UC, Tucker has worked with the Mountain Outreach program, serving as the student coordinator for the past year. He was also a Star in the Insights program. Chris has participated in many mission opportunities, such as a Hurricane Relief trip to Biloxi, Miss., in 2005; a Spring Break College Blitz with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and Habitat for Humanity in Morehead, Ky., in 2006; two spring break mission trips to Lynch, Ky., in 2007 and 2008; and serving as a member of Mountain Outreach’s summer team for every summer since his arrival at University of the Cumberlands. In addition to his leadership role in missions, Tucker is a worship leader for his home church and spends time volunteering at the Lord’s Gym, a youth ministry focused on counseling and mentoring teenagers.

His future plans include staying active in youth ministry, volunteering with Mountain Outreach and allowing God to use him in what career he chooses upon graduation.

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.

University of the Cumberlands congratulates Amy Beth Shemwell and Christopher Allen Tucker for their dedication to education and service as the 2009 recipients of the Mary Mildred and Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards.