Former Cabot High School student David Phelps, a senior at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, recently received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at the 2014 Premier Awards, the top individual honors for scholarship, leadership and service at Alabama.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award recognizes excellence of character and service to humanity. The award honors one man and one woman of the graduating class and one non-student who has been helpful to and associated with the University.

Phelps, a senior civil engineering major, began the Tide Talks program to help student speakers spread ideas through the campus community. Each month, more than 200 students in person join many more viewers on the Internet to hear their peers discuss a range of topics, including social trends and the future. Phelps also has served as a leader in the SOURCE, an effort to unite more than 350 student organizations through his workshops, on-line teaching videos and strategies for building community. He also co-founded unlockED, a group that seeks to bring students up-to-date on efforts to bring education to all. In the wake of the 2011 tornado in Tuscaloosa, Phelps helped to organized the Tuscaloosa Area Volunteer Reception Center.

Phelps is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Phelps. Dr. Phelps was previously the pastor at First Baptist Church in Cabot.

David Phelps has accepted a two-year position with Teach For America after his May 2014 graduation and will be teaching middle school math in Brooklyn, N.J., beginning this summer.