Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-04-25

Samford University students were recognized for top scholarship and service at a special awards convocation Thursday (APRIL 24).

David Oakley of Florence and Jenna Kellner of Mableton, Ga., received the top two senior honors. Both were multiple award winners.

Oakley received John R. Mott Award as the male in the senior class judged to represent the highest type of student service. Oakley also received the John C. Pittman Award as the student displaying the best example of leadership, academic excellence and Christian commitment, and the Rufus W. Shelton Community Service award given to the male student worth of special recognition. Kellner received the Gail Hyle Award in recognition of Christian character, leadership, school spirit and service. Kellner also received a Shelton community service award as the female student most deserving. Kathryn Dietrich of Tuscaloosa received the James M. Sizemore Award as the senior who best demonstrates loyalty and service to the University, and the Hypatia Award for outstanding scholarship, service and leadership. Robert G. Lyons of Centre received the Service Award in recognition of special service to the University. Meredith May of Evergreen and W. Christopher Sims of Huntsville received the Luke 2:52 awards, given to two students who excel in all areas of student life, including academic, social, spiritual and physical. LeVaughn Jarvis of McCalla received the James L. Treadway Award, given to a graduating senior in the Metro College evening program who has exhibited outstanding academic ability, service and leadership skills. Mark McCreary of Villa Rica, Ga., received the Maria Leonard Book Award as the graduating member of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society with the highest grade point average.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.