Ginny Looney Servant Leader Award



The Southern Education Leadership Initiative is graciously supported by the Ginny Looney Fellowship Fund. In honor and remembrance of Ginny Looney, the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) established the Ginny Looney Servant Leader Award in 2018 to support and acknowledge young leaders who exude the characteristics of Looney, a long-time Atlanta-based attorney committed to ethics and restoring faith in government. She was often praised for her diligence, sincerity, and her genuine belief in fairness. Given to one outstanding Southern Education Leadership Initiative fellow each summer, this award is an acknowledgment of SEF's commitment to support young change agents who are most vigorously dedicated to advancing racial equity and creating school systems in the South that give all children the opportunity-rich lives they deserve.
The fellow who receives the Ginny Looney Servant Leader Award will receive an additional $2,500 stipend at the end of the summer to carry their work forward. The recipient will also designate a $500 donation from the Ginny Looney Fellowship Fund to the southern education effort of their choice that is significantly moving the needle toward equitable education. The Award is designed to provide the winner special recognition for making an important contribution to an advocacy effort and also provide them with an initial experience as a donor supporting the compelling work of others. If you would like to contribute to this effort, please click here.


2018 Ginny Looney Servant Leader Award Recipient

Last year's Ginny Looney Servant Leader Award recipient was Chloe Sikes. All of our 2018 fellows exhibited an outstanding commitment to the cause of education equity and community development. However, it was Ms. Sikes' intricate understanding of how to best apply her skills toward that cause that made her stand out even among such an impressive cohort. We have no doubt that Ms. Sikes and her fellow SELI cohort will go on to become the next generation of educators, civil rights leaders, and social justice advocates needed to transform the future of education in the South and beyond.

As a winner of the Ginny Looney Servant Leader Award, Ms. Sikes was awarded an additional stipend toward continuing her education advocacy journey. Likewise, SEF made a donation to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) on her behalf.

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