Recognized for outstanding contributions to community
Sharman Poplava, executive director of the TEACH Foundation, received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. Coker College presents the award to a community member each year to acknowledge and recognize individuals whose “nobility of character” and service to others sets them apart as examples to all. It may be presented to graduating seniors, alumni or community members who meet the criteria set forth by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation.
In addition to her duties at the TEACH Foundation, Poplava is the host of Good Morning Hartsville with Sharman Poplava on WHEZ 95.9FM. She currently serves on the boards of the United Way of Hartsville, Hartsville-Coker Concert Association, Darlington County First Steps and is president-nominee of the Hartsville Rotary Club. She has previously served on the boards of the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center Foundation and the Darlington County Economic Development Partnership. She is a member of the Hartsville Civic Chorale, Hartsville Chamber Ensemble and active in St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Named for a prominent 19th-century lawyer, orator, mediator and philanthropist, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award is intended to recognize and honor selflessness, generosity of service, nobility of character, integrity and depth of spirituality.
George Sullivan created the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation in 1934 to perpetuate the values of his parents. Since 1934, the foundation has taken as its primary mission the inspiring of young people to lead lives of integrity, characterized by service above self and service to their communities. The Foundation facilitates annual awards on 61 college and university campuses in the American South. Participating institutions may present the awards to graduating seniors, alumni or community members.