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Leadership and Service Center

Leadership and Service Awards

Each spring, our annual Leadership and Service Awards Ceremony honors a number of outstanding students, student organizations, faculty, staff and local professionals who exemplify leadership or community service.

Recognize the leadership of a student or community member.

Faculty, staff and students will be invited to nominate outstanding students and community leaders for our annual Leadership and Service Awards. Nominations and applications, which open in the spring, can be completed on Garnet Gate.


Student Awards

Carolinana Award

Recognizes senior undergraduate students who have been the tireless, behind-the-scenes workers. They elevate the Carolina community through their thoughtful actions and contributions which are an essential ingredient to successful activities or organizations.

Jessica Horton Outstanding New Student Leader Award

Honors a first-year student who has contributed significantly to the Carolina community through active involvement in co-curricular activities.

Strom Thurmond/Steve Cannon Carolina Cares Scholarship

Recognizes a worthy undergraduate who has made significant community service contributions to the University of South Carolina and the surrounding area. 

Rosemary Broadway Award (Scholarship Award)

Awarded to a full-time student, undergraduate or graduate, who is actively involved in community service. The award was established to honor the service contributions of off-campus students in the name of Rosemary Broadway, an advocate of off-campus students.

Wilson‐Kibler Bicentennial Award (Scholarship Award)

Recognizes a student who has demonstrated leadership abilities and experience have contributed to student life.

Rev. O. Woody Hammett Scholarship

Awarded to a rising sophomore, junior or senior who has demonstrated proven leadership experience within the university community and has affiliation and involvement with campus Christian organizations and/or the local faith community. The award was established in honor of Rev. O. Woody Hammett, who served the University of South Carolina as Baptist Campus Minister from 1962-1995. 

Outstanding Student Volunteer Award

Recognizes students who have made an outstanding contribution to the community and university through service.


Recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who have contributed 100 or more hours of community service during the last 12 months. This national award from The President’s Council of Service and Civic Participation honors Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.


Organization Awards

Student Organization of the Year

Recognizes a student organization that has made a lasting impact upon the Carolina community, fostered leadership opportunities for its members, and upheld the organization’s mission and values.

Outstanding Student Service Organization Award

Honors a student organization that is a role model for other organizations based on their quality of service, and amount of time and effort devoted to service projects.

Advisor of the Year

Recognizes faculty and staff members in the Carolina community who are committed to supporting their student organization and fostering student leadership. Advisement of the student organization must not be a part of their official job description.


Faculty, Staff or Professional Awards

Advisor of the Year Award

Recognizes faculty and staff members in the Carolina community who are committed to supporting their student organization and fostering leadership abilities in students. Nominees must be current University of South Carolina employees who are currently serving as an official faculty advisor for a student organization. 

Outstanding Faculty or Staff Volunteer Award

Honors a member of the University of South Carolina faculty or staff who has made an outstanding contribution to the community and university through service.

USC Ambassador of Service Award

Presented to an administrative official at the director, chair, dean or executive level of USC administration for exemplary leadership and involvement in promoting and performing community service.

Outstanding Service Professional Award

Awarded to a staff member from a local nonprofit agency for their work with University of South Carolina students, faculty and staff. The award recognizes individuals who work to serve our community every day.