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Spotlight Awards

Save the Date - May 25, 2023

Join us on Thursday, May 25, 2023 for Midway University’s 9th Spotlight Awards. The event will be held on campus in the Marshall Gymnasium inside McManis Student Center. The cocktail reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and awards at 7:00 p.m.

All proceeds from the dinner and awards ceremony will go to support ongoing academic programming and student scholarships at Midway University.

More details will be coming soon.


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 at 6:00 p.m. 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) an individual who has served as an outstanding role model, or c) someone who has displayed great leadership, innovative thinking and influence in his/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 assemble an exciting array of packages, experiences, and artwork to auction during the Spotlight Awards. All proceeds from the live auction support ongoing academic programming and student scholarships at Midway University.

About the Silent Auction

Two weeks prior to the event, a number of unique products and services will be offered in a silent auction. All funds raised from the silent auction will go towards student scholarships, ongoing campus improvements, and academic programs.


Previous Spotlight Awards

Pinkerton Vision Award

2022 - Shannon Arvin

2021 – Barbara Bailey

2020 – Not Held Due to COVID

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

2022 - Tracy Farmer

2021 – Donna Moore Campbell

2020 – Not Held Due to COVID

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