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HRSM Distinguished Alumni and Friends Awards

The College of HRSM Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the College Awards were established in 1981 to recognize alumni who have established records of distinction in their respective fields or endeavors. These individuals have outstanding professional achievements as well as exhibit responsible citizenship within the communities that they serve. 

Winners and Nominations

The HRSM Distinguished Alumni and Friends Awards are presented annually and are selected by an awards committee with final approval by the Dean.

You can nominate someone for the 2023 HRSM Distinguished Alumni and Friends Awards using the button below. Nominations are due by Sept. 8.

Nomination Form 

About the Awards

HRSM Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to an alumnus or alumna who has exemplified professional leadership and productive citizenship. Requirements: Long-term leadership within his/her chosen profession; noteworthy professional accomplishments that reflect favorably on his/her profession, USC and the College of HRSM; nominations requested by faculty/staff, but also accepted from external audiences.

HRSM Distinguished Young Alumni Award

The Distinguished Young Alumni Award will be presented to an alumnus or alumna of the past 10 years who has excelled in his or her chosen field. Requirements: Must be 35 or younger; is involved in professional organizations, college alumni activities or community activities; support for profession; outstanding career development.

HRSM Distinguished Service Award

This award gives recognition for service to the University of South Carolina and the College of HRSM in support of university, college and/or alumni society related activities and events. Requirements: Given to an alumnus/alumna/organization or honorary alumna/alumnus/organization considered most outstanding in any or all of the following areas: volunteer and community contributions; exceptional service to state or nation; exceptional service to the College of HRSM.

HRSM Distinguished Friend of the College

This award recognizes an honorary alumna/alumnus/organization or honorary alumna/alumnus/organization who continues to set an example of support for the College through time, effort and generosity. 

2022 Award Recipients

Another outstanding group of alums and friends of the College of HRSM took home awards in 2022. Check out our story to read more about the recipients and their accomplishments. Visit our award winners page to see a list of all our honorees throughout the years.

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    Sara Wingate Bako

    HRSM Distinguished Alumni Award

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    Scott Harriford

    HRSM Distinguished Alumni Award

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    Casey Sparks

    HRSM Distinguished Alumni Award

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    Rebecca Norberg

    HRSM Distinguished Young Alumni Award

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    Frank and Sally Roach

    HRSM Distinguished Service Award

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    Contemporary Services Corporation

    HRSM Distinguished Friend of the College Award


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