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Service Learning Awards

Each year, the University of South Carolina recognizes members of the student body, faculty and community for their meaningful work in service learning.

Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning designed to connect meaningful community service with academic coursework and purposeful reflection. The experience promotes reciprocal benefits for all participants and a renewed sense of community connection while upholding the principles embodied in the Carolina Creed.


Service-Learning Awards

Excellence in Service-Learning Student Award

Given to at least one student who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to service-learning. Qualified students should have demonstrated significant academic growth and have made a meaningful contribution to her or his community partner agency.

Excellence in Service-Learning Faculty Award

Given to at least one faculty member who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to service-learning. Recipients of the award will be honored for implementing service-learning in a manner consistent with good practice and for demonstrating a measurable and meaningful impact on students and the community.

Excellence in Service-Learning Community Partner Award

Presented to at least one community partner that has worked to support the University of South Carolina's service-learning and/or community engagement efforts and has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways.

Outstanding Student Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education (Gulf South Summit)

The Gulf-South Summit Award for Outstanding Student Contributions to Service-Learning will be given to a full or part-time undergraduate student who has demonstrated extraordinary public or community service efforts while attending an institution of higher education. The award recipient will receive a plaque in recognition of his or her accomplishments in addition to a monetary award of $500.

Evaluation criteria are as follows:

  • Evidence of the effects of his/her service-learning participation on the community
  • Evidence of the effects of service-learning participation on his or her academic learning, civic commitment, community awareness and personal development
  • Evidence of how service-learning efforts have furthered the mission of his/her institution
  • Demonstrated innovative and sustained work to address an issue in the community
SC Newman Civic Fellows Award (National Campus Compact)

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can — and does — play in building a better world.

Newman Civic Fellows are recommended by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership.

SC Student Service Achievement Award (South Carolina Campus Compact)

The SC Student Service Achievement Award is presented to a student or a student organization. Those who are nominated exhibit outstanding leadership and innovative approaches in their community service or service-learning endeavors both on their campus and within their community in ways that address public issues, build community, and integrate civic engagement into the college experience.

Willie L. Harriford Outstanding Service Award (USC Office of Multicultural Student Affairs)

Willie L. Harriford served as the assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as the first director of African American Studies. In 1988, he became the coordinator of Minority Student Affairs. The Willie Harriford L. Outstanding Service Award is given to a student who actively seeks opportunities to address and serve the needs of the African American community as well as the Columbia community in its entirety.