About the Awards Evening
The Spotlight Awards evening is designed to highlight those 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 University to bestow honors on someone who has directly impacted Midway University.
The evening begins with a cocktail hour followed by dinner and award presentations for the Pinkerton Vision Award and the Midway University Legacy Award.
The Pinkerton Vision Award
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 University. 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.
The Midway University Legacy Award
This award honors a person or persons that have impacted Midway University over a period of many years by giving time, service, support, and/or resources.
About the Live Auction
Each year we pull together an exciting array of packages, experiences, and artwork to auction off during Spotlight Awards. All proceeds from the live auction support ongoing academic programming and student scholarships at Midway University.
Previous Spotlight Awards
Pinkerton Vision Award
- 2019 – Ouita Michel
- 2018 – Dress for Success Lexington
- 2017 – Margie Samuels
- 2016 – Isabel Yates
- 2015 – Jean R. Hale
- 2014 – Rev. Dr. Nancy Jo Kemper
Midway University Legacy Award
- 2019 – Lyle Wolf
- 2018 – Janet Green Hunter
- 2017 – The Parrish-Roach Family
- 2016 – The James C. & Ann Bowling Family
- 2015 – Libby Lloyd Jones
- 2014 – Mira Ball