Chelsey Jones Receives Huntingdon's 2011 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
Montgomery, AL — Huntingdon College honored senior Christian Education major Chelsey Jones of Opp, Alabama, with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award during the College's annual Honors and Awards Day Convocation last week.
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was established by the New York Southern Society in 1925 in memory of Mr. Sullivan, a southerner who became a prominent lawyer, businessman, and philanthropist in New York in the late 19th century. The award seeks to perpetuate the excellence of character and humanitarian service exemplified by Sullivan by recognizing and honoring such qualities in others. The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation established the award, offered at select colleges and universities in the southern United States, in the hope that the recipient possess spiritual qualities such that the "spiritual standard of the institution may be judged by the character of the person to whom the award is made."
Jones, the daughter of Jacob and Lisa Jones of Opp, is a member of Chi Omega women's fraternity, Alpha Beta and Theta Alpha Kappa honoraries, and is listed in the 2011 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. She has been a primary leader in Huntingdon's Campus Ministries programs for all four years of her enrollment, serving as the student leader of Chapel services for two of those years, at the same time achieving one of the two highest GPAs among all students in the Department of Religion. She has worked as a summer intern in youth ministry at First Baptist Church, Opp, Alabama, and at First United Methodist Church, Montgomery; and as an intern with junior high girls at St. James United Methodist Church. One nominator said, “I have never met another person with a sweeter or more genuine spirit than Chelsey has. Her intentions are always pure, and everything she does is for the well-being of the greater good. ... Chelsey is unwavering in her faith, wisdom, service to others, and friendship, and I admire her deeply for being such a positive and genuine role-model.”
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto is "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service."