Ryan Keiper named recipient of 2010 Willson ring and Algernon award
Ryan Nathanial Keiper is the 2010 recipient of the John O. Willson Ring and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. He was recognized during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement on May 8, 2010 at The Citadel.
The Willson Ring has been awarded annually since 1911 to a senior elected by his or her peers as the finest, purest and most courteous member of the class. Willson, who was a Citadel student until 1862 when he left to join the Confederate Army, established the award to honor the most popular student among his or her peers.
In selecting him for the Willson ring, Keiper’s classmates predicted he will make a difference in the world because of his unwavering determination to put the welfare of others ahead of his own.
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is presented by the college through the New York Southern Society, which created it for excellence of character and service to humanity in 1925. The award was named for prominent New York lawyer, Algernon Sydney Sullivan, and consists of a copper medallion, an engraved certificate, and a Sullivan biography.
Keiper’s tenure at The Citadel has been marked by his pursuit of excellence, his commitment to the greater good and his impressive achievements. A Civil and Environmental Engineering major from Allentown, Pa., Keiper came to The Citadel on a full academic scholarship but his impact has reached far beyond the classroom.
A member of the Bulldog football team, Keiper is a scholar and a humanitarian who has consigned to Water Missions International the patent rights of a piece of water-purifying equipment he designed so it can be used to help provide clean water to populations in need. He is motivated by a desire to make a difference and an abiding faith that inspires him to put people and the planet before his own profits and personal gain.
Last year as the recipient of a Star of the West Summer Scholarship, Keiper took part in a community revitalization and water project in El Salvador. In the poor and remote village of Tierra Blanca, Keiper took as much pleasure in his interactions with the residents as he did in the challenge of upgrading their outdated water plant.