Ex-President Carter to receive social justice award at UC Merced

UC Merced announced today that former President Jimmy Carter has been named the 2010 recipient of the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance.

The university will award the prize during Carter’s previously announced visit to the campus May 3 for the National Parks Institute, which is by invitation only.

The Spendlove Prize honors an individual who exemplifies the delivery of social justice, diplomacy and tolerance in his work. It was established through a generous gift to the university from Sherrie Spendlove in honor of her parents, lifelong Merced residents Alice and Clifford Spendlove, the university said in a news release.

“We are deeply grateful to Sherrie Spendlove for establishing this important prize at UC Merced,” said UC Merced Chancellor Steve Kang. “It serves as an annual reminder of the compassion of the human spirit and the need to recognize those who exemplify it so tirelessly and effectively.”

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