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University 101 Awards

The following awards are offered annually through the University 101 Programs office.

The Outstanding Advocate for First-Year Students

The Outstanding Advocate for First-Year Students Award recognizes individuals who have made significant and extraordinary contributions to the academic or professional development and/or personal lives of first-year students. University of South Carolina- Columbia faculty, staff, and students may be nominated for the award. Solicitations for nominations for this award generally begin in December each year and are accepted through early February of the following year. All nominations are reviewed by a selection committee. Selected candidates are then invited to participate in an interview process to determine the recipient of the award. All candidates chosen to participate in the interview process are awarded a plaque. The award recipient is recognized at Awards Day and receives a $1000 award and a plaque recognizing this important achievement. All other finalists receive a $250 award in addition to their plaque.

For more information about the Outstanding Advocate for First-Year Students Award, please contact Catherine Greene at 777-6029 or sale@mailbox.sc.edu


University 101 Outstanding Teaching Award

This award was established to recognize one University 101 instructor annually who demonstrates exemplary teaching, achievement of course outcomes, and has made a positive impact on student lives. All University 101 students, peer leaders, and graduate leaders at the USC- Columbia campus are invited to nominate their University 101 instructor for this award following the completion of each fall semester. Nominees are notified of their selection and are invited to apply by submitting a CV, syllabus, and a brief statement/philosophy of teaching first-year students. The award recipient is recognized at the annual Building Connections Conference in May and receives a $500 award and a plaque recognizing this important achievement.

For more information about the University 101 Outstanding Teaching Award, please contact Dan Friedman at 777-6029 or friedman@sc.edu


University 101 Scholarship

The University 101 Scholarship recognizes and rewards undergraduate students who have made major contributions to the learning environment and community within the University 101 classroom and who have incorporated the course's ideals and values into their academic and co-curricular experiences outside the classroom. Each candidate is first nominated by their University 101 instructor for the impact they have had on the overall success of the University 101 course. Nominated students must then complete a scholarship application to be eligible for consideration. A maximum of ten recipients are chosen and each awarded a $500 scholarship to be applied to the following fall semester. Scholarship recipients receive a certificate and are recognized at Awards Day. Nominations for this award are generally accepted December-January for students enrolled in UNIV101 one semester during the prior calendar year. This award is open to the USC Columbia, Sumter, Salkehatchie, Union, and Lancaster campuses.

For more information about the University 101 Scholarship, please contact Tricia Kennedy at 777-6029 or kennedtl@mailbox.sc.edu