Outstanding Advocate for First-Year Students Award
Purpose: Recognizes significant and extraordinary contributions to the development of first-year students
Award: Award recipient receives $1,000 and a plaque
Eligibility: University of South Carolina Columbia faculty and staff members and students may be nominated for the award.
Contact: Catherine Greene, 803-777-6029, sale@firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 — Pinkney Epps, TRIO Programs
2018 — Maureen Grewe, Student Conduct and Academic Integrity
2017 — John Grady, Department of Sport and Entertainment Management
2016 — Asheley Schryer, Office of Undergraduate Research
2015 — Elizabeth Norris, Undergraduate Student
2014 — Sylvain Chabra, International Student Services
2013 — Kenneth Frierson, TRIO Programs
2012 — Sgt. Kenneth Adams, University Police Department
2011 — Jan Smoak, Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs
2010 — Jeannie Weingarth, Koger Center for the Performing Arts
2009 — Nicholas Riley, Undergraduate Student
2008 — Jennifer Jablonski, College of Music
2007 — Brenna Kendrick, Undergraduate Student
Brandon Gates, Undergraduate Student
2006 — Lee Bauknight, First-Year English
Althea Counts, TRIO Programs
Dennis Pruitt, Student Affairs
2005 Lt. D. Henry Garbade, University Police Department
Elizabeth Collins Smith, First-Year English
2004 — Donald Greiner, Provost's Office, Undergraduate Affairs
Ruth Strickland, TRIO Programs
2003 — Carolyn S. Jones, Business Administration
Gene Luna, University Housing
2002 — Manasi Sinha, Undergraduate Student
Brooke Vickery, Undergraduate Student
2001 — Mary Ann Byrnes, Liberal Arts
2000 — Lucille P. Mould, French and Classics
1999 — Harriett S. Williams, Applied Professional Sciences and English
1998 — Viki Sox Fecas, Career Center
1997 — James G. Burns, Transition Year
1996 — Clifton R. Chestnut, Undergraduate Student
1995 — Douglas F. Williams, Science and Math and Honors College
1994 — Julye M. Johns, Undergraduate Student
1993 — Denise Wellman, Financial Aid and Scholarships
1992 — Kenneth E. Peters, Applied Professional Sciences and History
1991 — Mary Ellen O'Leary, Mathematics
M. Stuart Hunter Award for Outstanding Teaching in University 101
Purpose: Recognizes one University 101 instructor who demonstrates exemplary teaching and has made a positive impact on students. The award honors Mary Stuart Hunter, a leader in the first-year experience movement who contributed more than 37 years of service at USC.
Award: Award recipient receives $500 and a plaque
Contact: James Winfield, 803-777-6029, email@example.com
In December, students can submit nominations of University 101 instructors who:
- help students achieve academic success, discover and connect with the University of South Carolina and promote personal development, well-being and social responsibility
- use interesting, interactive and varied methods to facilitate student learning and achievement of course outcomes
- encourage and facilitate meaningful class discussions
- display enthusiasm for the course and students
- express care and concern for student success and well-being
- promote an inclusive, enjoyable and welcoming environment and demonstrate respect for students
- develop meaningful relationships with students by being personable, approachable and available both in and out of the classroom
- create an intentional and effective course design that reflects best practices and provides an appropriate balance of challenge and support
- demonstrate knowledge related to course content
- motivate and inspire others by their passion for learning and personal commitment to each student
- demonstrate a sustained commitment to professional growth as an instructor and to the University 101 program.
University 101 Scholarship
Purpose: Recognizes undergraduate students who have made major contributions to the learning environment and community in the UNIV 101 classroom and have incorporated the course's ideals and experiences into their life outside the classroom
Award: Each recipient receives $500
Contact: Sandy Greene, 803-777-6029, firstname.lastname@example.org
This award is open to University 101 students on the USC Columbia, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter and Union campuses.
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.
To be considered for the scholarship, students must:
- be nominated by their University 101 instructor
- have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA
- be currently enrolled full time at USC
- submit a complete scholarship application.
A maximum of eight recipients will be selected and each awarded a $500 scholarship to be distributed evenly to University of South Carolina tuition and fee payment over the fall and spring semesters ($250 applied to each semester). Out-of-state recipients may also receive reduced tuition rates for the academic year.
University 101 instructors can nominate up to two students per section who made significant
contributions to achieving the goals of the University 101 course, who enriched the
class in a unique and powerful way or who served as role models and examples for other
students in their class.
To nominate students for the University 101 Scholarship, instructors should submit a nomination form and write a supporting letter for each student they are nominating. Supporting letters should be at least one page in length (typed) and describe in detail the reasons for nominating the student. Separate nomination forms and supporting letters must be provided for each student.
The selection committee will give equal consideration to the nomination letter and the student’s completed application and personal statement.