Pennington Honored with Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at LMU Commencement

Jarvis Pennington

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Vice President for Academic Affairs W. Mark Tew, ThD, presented Jarvis Pennington, of Nickelsville, Virginia, with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at the LMU Spring Commencement Ceremony on 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.

Pennington earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, graduating with valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude honors. An honors scholars program graduate, Pennington’s capstone project was entitled “Characterization of the Lumbar Arteries in Relationship to Lateral Lumber Interbody Fusion Surgical Landmarks.” He served as a tutor at LMU’s Tagge Center and as a Lincoln Ambassador.

Pennington works as a laboratory assistant in the School of Mathematics and Sciences. He received a Ledford Scholarship to conduct research alongside Jonathan Millard, PhD, who now serves as assistant professor of anatomical science at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Pennington has been accepted and plans to attend LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in the fall.

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

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at [email protected].

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