Each year, Auburn University recognizes the efforts of three outstanding individuals who represent the institution through their unsurpassed humanitarian leadership and contributions to the community by presenting them with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. The national honor has been presented at Auburn since 1951 as a reminder of the noblest human qualities exemplified by Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a prominent humanitarian and first president of the New York Southern Society, now the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation. Each year, Auburn bestows the honor on one male and one female student from the graduating class and one non-student.
The Foy Spirit Award is a $1,000 scholarship given each year in honor of former Dean of Students, Dr. James E. Foy and his late wife, Mrs. Emmalu Foy. The Foy family established the award to recognize and reward a student who exhibits exceptional qualities of leadership, character, and a commitment to the Auburn community while maintaining a job to help fund education expenses.
Dean foy first made his mark on Auburn's campus over 50 years ago, yet his presence remains a mainstay to Auburn students still today. His wife Emmalu was not only his partner for 60 years, but was also involved with student leadership and promoting the Auburn spirit. The Foys enjoyed working closely with Auburn students, serving as advisors and mentors for nearly three decades until Dean Foy's retirement in 1978.
A compassionate administrator who at one time worked several jobs to pay his way through college, Dean Foy was a model for undergraduate students faced with the challenges of balancing academics, work and service to Auburn's campus. Overcoming such challenges while demonstrating excellence is to embody the "Foy Spirit" and epitomize the Auburn Creed.
Each year, a select group of students is called forward to accept one of the most prestigious awards the academic community can bestow — selection to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. This exclusive honor is conferred by more than 2,842 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Auburn students who are selected as recipients are a true reflection of the outstanding quality of the American college student.