- Distinguished Alumni Service Award (1985)
Sidney Harrison Estes began a career dedicated to the improvement of education in an elementary school classroom. Reinforced by graduate education and knowledge gained from from directing two Ford Foundation-supported projects, Estes found himself drawn into administration, advancing from a principal's role to an assistant superintendent of instruction.
Estes devoted his leadership to identifying weaknesses in the system and initiating reform through innovative projects and incentives. With a broad perspective, he welcomed key participation in the national organizations prompting his profession and into their implementable uses. Estes was a contributing citizen to his community and country, served in the armed forces, and provided leadership in Georgia's Keep America Beautiful Program, and the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.