Midway College Spotlight Awards

Spotlight Awards

The Spotlight Awards is designed to highlight women (and men) who have been leaders in representing women’s issues; have made an impact that benefits women in the state of Kentucky and beyond, and innovative women in their chosen field. In addition, the awards ceremony is a time for the College to bestow honors on someone who has directly impacted Midway College.

The evening will include a sit down dinner, a featured keynote speaker and two award presentations. The awards presented during the evening will be the Pinkerton Vision Award and the Midway College Legacy Award.

Featured Keynote - Micki King, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist

Micki King, U.S. Olympic Gold MedalistMicki King is an Olympic Gold Medalist, a retired US Air Force Colonel, a former University of Kentucky Assistant Athletic Director and a mother. King began her career in the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, ended up breaking an arm and not getting the medal. King did not give up there; she eventually won the Gold Medal in the 1972 Munich Game with the Springboard Diving competition. Following her Olympic victory, King turned to coaching where she was assigned to the then all-male Air Force Academy from 73-77. In 1974, her cadet diver won the NCAA Three Meter title making King the first woman to coach a male to a NCAA championship (in any sport). She was also the president of US Diving from 1990 to 1994. King has been inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame, the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame, the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor.

Emcee: Nancy Cox, WLEX News Anchor

Nancy Cox, WLEX News AnchorNancy Cox grew up in Taylor County, Kentucky, where she is one of ten children. She was active in public speaking early on, winning her first 4-H Speech Contest at age 9. That did it. She knew communications would somehow be a part of her life. Nancy was Taylor County's Junior Miss in 1985 and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Western Kentucky University in 1990 and was named “Miss Kentucky 1990.” Nancy started at WLEX in 1992, anchoring the market's first Saturday morning newscast. Nancy's currently the station's 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m. news anchor. While at WLEX, Nancy has won several Associated Press awards for spot news coverage and coverage of UK basketball. In both 2001 and 2009, she was honored to receive TV's most coveted award, The Emmy, for anchoring. And in 2008, the Associated Press named Nancy "Best News Anchor in Kentucky." But the honors she's most proud of are the AP Awards the station has received for Best Newscast in Kentucky.

The Pinkerton Vision Award

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This award honors the legacy of Dr. L.L. Pinkerton, whose vision of the Kentucky Female Orphan School in 1847 established it as the first formal education for orphaned girls on the site that is now Midway College. Criteria for consideration of award recipients includes: a) an individual or group (male or female) who has had a direct impact on improving the lives of women, b) a woman who has served as an outstanding role model, or c) a woman who has displayed great leadership, innovative thinking and influence in her chosen field. The recipient must be a Kentucky native, resident or organization located in Kentucky. A committee of college representatives will select the award recipient from the pool of nominations received.

Midway College Legacy Award

This award honors a person or persons that have impacted Midway College over a period of many years by giving time, service, support and/or resources. This is a special Midway College award determined by a committee of college representatives.

Event & Ticket Details

The inaugural Midway College Spotlight Awards will be held Thursday, June 5 in the Piper Dining Hall inside the McManis Student Center. The reception begins at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the event will be $100/individual or tables $1,000. All proceeds from the dinner and awards ceremony will go to support ongoing academic programming and student scholarships at Midway College.

For more information regarding the Spotlight Awards contact Scott Fitzpatrick at 859-846-5300.


Presenting Sponsor
Community Trust


Event Sponsors
WLEX 18
Keeneland
Woodford Reserve