Published on November 15, 2023 by Scarlet Thompson  
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Samford University is seeking nominations for its Medallion Awards for 2024. These awards are presented to individuals who have accomplished important civic or community good, and who have been less publicly recognized for that work. By tradition, the Samford Medallion is presented to community members outside the Samford family.

“The Samford Medallion is authorized by the Board of Trustees specifically for those whose good works have made a tangible difference in community affairs, in the life of the church, or in the quality of life for individuals,” said Dr. Michael Morgan, Chief of Staff and Assistant to President Beck A. Taylor. “With this award, Samford University is particularly seeking to recognize people who may have worked quietly and even behind the scenes for the sake of others.  These are people whose ideas and actions reflect the mission and values of Samford.”

To nominate an individual, visit the effort’s page on the Samford website. The nominations must be submitted by February 14. Dr. Morgan encourages those in the Samford community to truly consider putting forward those in the community who deserve the honor.

“The Samford Medallion is one of the highest awards the university bestows. It is earned by significant contributions made by people who echo Samford’s mission and vision of making our world a better place,” said Dr. Morgan.

The Samford Medallion Awards have been presented six times before and are expected to become an annual tradition. Most recently, medallions were presented to Mark Wakefield from Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief, Tony Cooper from the Jimmie Hale Mission, and Frances Ford of Sowing Seeds of Hope.

Next year’s Medallion Awards Ceremony is scheduled for April 2 at 10 a.m. in the Leslie Stephen Wright Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

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.