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  • Midway University Announces 2016 Spotlight Awards

March 14, 2016

(Midway, KY) – Midway University’s 2016 Spotlight Awards, sponsored by Community Trust Bank, is set to be held Thursday, May 26. The awards evening is designed to highlight a female community leader, someone who has improved the lives of women or someone who has served as a strong role model for young women. In addition, the awards ceremony is a time for the university to bestow honors on someone who has directly impacted Midway University.

“The Spotlight Awards is one of the highlights of the year at Midway,” said Dr. John P. Marsden, President, Midway University. “As Kentucky’s only women’s college, it’s an honor to celebrate individuals who have dedicated their time and energy to improving the lives of women throughout the Commonwealth, as well as those who have helped us do the same.”

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 University Legacy Award. See details below. Nominations are being sought for the Pinkerton Vision Award.

The Midway University Spotlight Awards will be held Thursday, May 26 on campus in the Piper Dining Hall. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and awards at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the dinner and awards ceremony will go to support ongoing academic programming and student scholarships at Midway University.

To make a nomination, purchase tickets, become a sponsor of this event or find out more about the awards dinner, visit or call Scott Fitzpatrick at 859-846-5300.

More about the Spotlight Awards

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.

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. This is a special Midway University award determined by a committee of college representatives.