- Joe Wright, USC Columbia undergraduate student body president, came to Carolina with a desire to be involved in student government, but credits his work as a student ambassador with igniting his leadership flame.
- Chemistry major Nick Riley has participated in several USC leadership programs as a university ambassador, resident mentor and U101 peer leader. "It's given me a chance to be a leader among leaders and understand what that means," Riley said.
- Elizabeth Wilson leads by example, completing five business degrees in just three years when she graduates in May. She also volunteers to help small-business owners with finances and to educate local residents on diabetes.
- Heather Meraw became a Supplemental Instruction leader as a sophomore, helping her fellow students master chemistry concepts. "I was able to serve as a peer mentor to students, and it has been amazing to hear that others look up to me," Heather said. "I am thankful for the opportunity."
- Attorney Steve Cannon, was a freshman at USC in 1969, when he and others started a public service project called Carolina Cares. Every November, students bring holiday joy to needy families by supplying them gifts, canned food and other donations.
- Lindsey Hudepohl credits University 101, a course that focuses on service and leadership, with encouraging her to become president of her Kappa Delta sorority chapter and serving as a University 101 peer leader.
- Art education professor Karen Heid paired some of her students with elementary students to create a mosaic garden at the school. "So many art education students now tell me they are going to incorporate service learning into their classes when they become teachers," she said.
- Sukhi Guram, one of 14 Leadership Scholars, is using a special grant to conduct a dental hygiene program with elementary school students in Columbia. Guram counsels students on the importance of dental hygiene and oral cancer prevention.
- Retailing student Amy Woodell has launched Clothed in Hope, a project to help women in a blighted village in Zambia by teaching them to sew. She plans to move to Zambia after graduation in May to continue the project full time.
- MFA student Khaldoune Bencheikh believes in the power of teamwork: He got the community involved in donating materials and labor to create a 650-square-foot mural at a new transitional homeless shelter in Columbia. "You can measure a city or a culture by their art and culture, and also by their sense of compassion," he said.