Grace Mathis Honored with Mary Mildred Sullivan Award at LMU Commencement

Grace Mathis

 Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Vice President for Academic Affairs W. Mark Tew, ThD, presented Grace Mathis, of Charlotte, North Carolina, with the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award at the LMU Spring Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Since 1890, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation has presented Sullivan Awards to college students who have distinguished themselves through service to others and their communities. LMU is one of approximately 60 colleges and universities in the United States to have the privilege of awarding the Sullivan Awards. LMU selects individuals whose “nobility of character” and dedication to service set them apart as examples of great citizenship.

Mathis graduated Summa Cum Laude, earning a Bachelor of Science in veterinary health science degree. Mathis was a member of the LMU track and field team and served as a Lincoln Ambassador for three years. She also brought FIAT (Faith in Action Today) to LMU as the founding president of the student ministry organization.

Mathis conducted research alongside Dr. Kathryn Purple, assistant professor of biology and microbiology. She was a member of the Pre-Vet Club Executive Board and an inductee to Chi Alpha Sigma, the athletic honors society. Mathis worked on campus as a lifeguard and a tutor at LMU’s Tagge Center

Mathis has been accepted and will be attending the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation was established in honor of a celebrated 19th-century humanitarian and attorney who often represented poor clients for free if their cause was just. The Sullivan Foundation has been recognizing college students for service and outstanding character since 1890. Learn more at

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