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  • Winners of Leadership and Service awards stand together after the ceremony.

Leadership and Service Awards

This ceremony is designed to recognize outstanding students, student organizations, faculty, staff, and local professionals that exemplify leadership or community service. The Leadership and Service Awards will be held on Thursday, April 14th,  in the Russell House Theater at 3:00P.

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Recognize the leadership of a student, organization, faculty, staff or community member.

Below is the listing of all awards and their corresponding application/nomination forms. The nomination and application process is currently open until Friday, February 25th, 2022.

Student Awards

The Caroliniana Award recognizes senior undergraduate students who have been the tireless, behind the scenes workers that every successful activity or organization needs. They are leaders through their actions and contributions to the Carolina community. 

The Jessica Horton Outstanding New Student Leader Award recognizes a first-year student who has contributed significantly to the UofSC community through active involvement in co-curricular activities.

Strom Thurmond/Steve Cannon Carolina Cares Award recognizes a worthy undergraduate who has made significant contributions to UofSC and the surrounding area through community service.

Rosemary Broadway Award recognizes a full-time student, undergraduate or graduate, who is actively involved in community service. Rosemary Broadway was an advocate of off-campus students and the award was established in her name to recognize service contributions by off-campus students.

Wilson‐Kibler Bicentennial Award recognizes a student whose demonstrated leadership abilities and experience have contributed to student life.

Outstanding Student Volunteer Award recognizes students who have made an outstanding contribution to the community and university through service.

Honor a remarkable woman for campus or community work. Juniors and seniors may be nominated for the award by fellow students, faculty and staff. To be considered, students complete an application, which includes a resume and two short essays. Submitted applications are evaluated by the review committee, which then names a group of finalists. Finalists participate in interview to determine the eventual award winner.

To be eligible for the award, a candidate must:

  • be an undergraduate student with 60 credit hours or more
  • have attended UofSC for at least one semester
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better

Students often show excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  • Academic achievements and awards
  • Campus involvement
  • Community involvement or service
  • Athletic activities
  • Performing arts
  • Campus media
  • Work experience or internships
  • Contributions and impact to the university and to other women

Organization Awards

Student Organization of the Year recognizes a student organization that has made a lasting impact upon the UofSC community, fostered leadership opportunities for its members, and upheld the organization’s mission and values.

Outstanding Student Service Organization Award recognizes student organizations that are role models for other organizations based on their quality of service, amount of time and effort devoted to service projects.

Advisor of the Year recognizes faculty and staff members in the UofSC community who are committed to supporting their student organization and fostering leadership abilities in students. The advisement of the student organization must not be a part of their official job description.

Partner Awards

The Outstanding Community Partner Award is presented to a community partner that has worked to support the University of South Carolina's community engagement efforts and has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways.

The Outstanding Gamecock Pantry Partner Award recognizes an on-campus or off-campus partner who has helped the Gamecock Pantry take substantial strides to alleviating food insecurity on the University of South Carolina campus.

Additional Campus Partner Awards

The Carolinian Creed Champion Award recognizes individuals who have made significant and extraordinary contributions to the Carolina community while embodying the values espoused in the Carolinian Creed. University of South Carolina-Columbia faculty, staff and students may be nominated for the award. Nominations are due by 5:00pm on Friday, March 18th. Contact Kat Yoffie with any questions.

The Lauren E. Brubaker Carolinian Award recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student who best exemplifies one or more qualities of the Carolinian Creed. It is given in memory of Dr. Lauren E. Brubaker, former Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and University Chaplain from 1949-1994, who embodied these qualities in his work on campus for many years.

Candidates must:

  1. Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing
  2. Exemplify one or more qualities of the Carolinian Creed:
    Practice personal and academic integrity;
    Respect the dignity of all persons;
    Respect the rights and property of others;
    Discourage bigotry while striving to learn differences in people, ideas, and opinions;
    Demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, and their need for conditions that support their work and development.

Questions? Contact the Chair of the Carolina Faith Communities, Fr. Paul Sterne, at

Nominations are due by Friday, March 18, 2022 at 5 pm.

The Paul Fidler Volunteer Service Award recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student for outstanding volunteer service to those in need. It is given in memory of Dr. Paul Fidler, the former Director of Research, Grants and Planning, and Student Affairs Liaison to the Carolina Chaplains, whose career at USC and his teaching at the College of Education provided service to others for 34 years.

Candidates must:

  1. Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing
  2. Actively participate in volunteer service both on the campus and in the community

Questions? Contact the Chair of the Carolina Faith Communities, Fr. Paul Sterne, at

Nominations are due by Friday, March 18, 2022 at 5 pm.

The Rev. O. Woody Hammett Scholarship was established in honor of Rev. O. Woody Hammett, who served the University of South Carolina as Baptist Campus Minister from 1962-1995. This scholarship is 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 a local community of faith. 


Candidates must:

  1. Must be a rising sophomore, junior or senior
  2. Must have proven leadership experience within the University community
  3. Must have affiliation and involvement with a campus Christian organization and/or local community of faith
  4. The scholarship must be used for school related expenses only
  5. Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  6. Must include a resume and complete the questionnaire for the scholarship

Applicant should submit a resume and briefly answer (500- 1,000 words) the following questions:

  1. Describe how your leadership ability and experience is related to your faith.
  2. So far, what has been your most valuable experience at USC?
  3. Describe a strength that helps define who you are as a person.
  4. What goals do you have for your future beyond USC?
  5. What is one thing the selection committee should absolutely know about you?

For more information, Contact: Baptist Collegiate Ministry Director Jamie Rogers at 803-799-3854 or

Applications are due by Monday, March 14, 2022 at 5 pm.

The awards were created in 2014 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to excellence in service-learning and is recognized for their leadership in academic service-learning coursework and their commitment to the local community.

A committee within the Women’s and Gender Studies Program will evaluate nominations and applications, select finalists, and recommend one award winner in each category for approval.

Applications are due by Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 5 pm.


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