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Awards and Recognition

The university strives to honor the important work of students, faculty and community members who give selflessly to others through service, leadership and support. 

Honoring those who give.

Each year, we honor our outstanding faculty and student leaders along with community partners during a series of different annual recognition events. These special events, which honor their achievements, are free and open to the public. The awards and honors recognize leadership and outstanding efforts in the workplace, in student organizations and more.

Annual Recognition Events and Ceremonies

Learn details about our annual recognition events, including when and how nominations are accepted.

Leadership and Service Awards

The Leadership and Service Awards are held each spring to recognize outstanding students, student organizations, faculty, staff and local professionals who set an positive example of leadership or community service.

Service-Learning Awards

Students who demonstrated extraordinary public or community service efforts through service-learning while attending the University of South Carolina may be recognized at through our annual Service-Learning Awards. 

Outstanding Woman of the Year

This March ceremony, which is held during Women’s History Month, identifies female juniors and seniors through rigorous nomination criteria and names one of them to be Outstanding Woman of the Year.

TOAST Recognition Breakfast

Held each spring, The Outstanding Achievement and Student Triumph (TOAST) Recognition Breakfast honors students nominated for their work in student life areas such as academics,  student organizations, a department or program, or achievement in areas such as athletics or arts.

Student Employee of the Year

The Student Employee of the Year Award is presented to a student who has demonstrated exceptional skills in their field of work. The honor is awarded at a banquet held in conjunction with Student Employee Appreciation Week in April.

Community Partner Breakfast

This free breakfast is held each fall to celebrate and build sustainable community partnerships and to connect campus representatives with local agencies to foster successful academic service-learning.