Alumni Awards

Honorary Alumni Awards – Rev. Glenn Shelton, Les Plotner, Joyce Kinzie*


Rev. Glenn Shelton, pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Lincoln, began holding an evening service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the early 1990s. Joyce Kinzie was a close friend of Rev. and Mrs. Shelton, and she faithfully attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service each year. In 2007, Joyce agreed to help Rev. Shelton change the format from an evening service to a community breakfast. Les Plotner began working with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast in 2008. He was appointed treasurer for the cause and quickly became the star ticket-seller. When Rev. Shelton suggested using the event to raise money for a scholarship to help a student attend college, Kinzie proposed that a scholarship be established for area minority students attending Lincoln College. The first Martin Luther King, Jr. Minority Student Scholarship Breakfast was held at The Maple Club in January 2009. Kinzie passed away in September, 2010, but her daughter Cathy Tiffany continued to host the Scholarship Breakfast at the Maple Club until 2012. By 2013 the Breakfast had outgrown the Maple Club and moved to the Davidson-Sheffer Gymnasium on the Lincoln College campus. To date, the Breakfast has raised over $30,000, ensuring that the Martin Luther King, Jr. Minority Student Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a Lincoln College student each year in perpetuity.


*honored posthumously