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The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards

Jennifer Quigley - 2012 Student Recipient

JENNIFER LYNN QUIGLEY impresses those around her as a true humanitarian.  As a pre-med student with a major in Hispanic studies and a minor in biochemistry, Jennifer has beautifully integrated her academic studies with her dedication to helping others at home and around the world.  Her advisor noted with admiration Jennifer’s “ability to combine two seemingly different academic disciplines…into a coherent model of humanitarian outreach.” 

While studying abroad in Ecuador last spring, Jennifer volunteered at a free public health clinic, cleaning and sterilizing rooms and equipment, setting up operating rooms, and assisting patients.  She later worked with the Christian non-profit group CrossLink International to provide supplies to medical mission teams and mission hospitals.  Although such activities will undoubtedly prepare her well for a future career in medicine, her nominators understand that Jennifer is motivated by something much greater than amassing credentials for her medical school applications.  Her work is an expression of her faith, and in the words of one of her professors, “she serves because serving the underserved is her passion.”

Jennifer has demonstrated that passion closer to home, as well.  She is a member of the Alphi Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity, and has also served as a cooking shift leader for William & Mary’s Campus Kitchen, a food assistance program for low-income residents in the Williamsburg area.  As a student leader with the Branch Out National alternative breaks program, she organized and guided fellow students on a spring break service trip to Arlington, Virginia, where they learned about immigration issues and gained first-hand knowledge by working with staff and clients at Hogar Immigrant Services.  She is an active member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and also builds bridges across faith communities as the Catholic Campus Chapel’s coordinator of ecumenical programming.  She does all of this—and more—with seemingly boundless energy, commitment, and humility. 

After graduation, Jennifer will once again draw on her two academic disciplines as she completes an externship as a volunteer medical interpreter on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  Her compassion, keen intellect, and spirit of helpfulness continue to inspire us, and will influence the lives of countless others in the years ahead.