Former President Carter to win award from UC Merced

The University of California at Merced named former President Jimmy Carter its 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 was established through a 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.

Previous winners of the $10,000 prize are Harvard University Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr.; civil rights activist John Y. Tateishi; Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, founders of an organization devoted to the prevention of child abuse; and Faye J. Crosby, a professor of psychology at UC Santa Cruz and affirmative action expert.