Celebration of Excellence Awards 2017

The 2017 Celebration of Excellence Award Ceremony recognizes students who have excelled academically and actively contributed to the university’s values of diversity, leadership, and community service. The ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29 at 6 p.m. in the Russell House Ballroom.

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs proudly announces our call for nominations for this year’s awards. Please click on the links below for the appropriate submission materials. Applications, recommendation letters and all supporting material must be submitted electronically (see application links below) no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.  Should you have any questions, please contact Shawna Wright at 803.777.1658 or wrighlat@mailbox.sc.edu.

“Changing the Face of USC” Diversity Award

“Changing the Face of USC” Diversity Award is given to a University of South Carolina student who exemplifies the value of diversity and supports communities of multiple identities across campus. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs recognizes an outstanding student, who inspires others to commit to creating a more inclusive campus community. The selected student is dedicated to promoting an awareness of cultural and diversity issues on campus as well as in the Columbia Community. This student will have demonstrated an appreciation for a diverse climate and, moreover, worked to help others understand the importance of multicultural appreciation and social justice.

“Changing the Face of USC” Diversity Award Criteria:

  1. A minimum of 3.0 GPA
  2. One letter of recommendation
  3. Participated in activities across campus that foster appreciation for diversity and social justice.

Student Application
Recommendation Form

I. DeQuincey Newman Outstanding Student Leadership Award

The I. DeQuincey Newman was a civil rights leader and clergymen who, in 1983, became the first African American man to serve in the state senate since Reconstruction. He served as the South Carolina NAACP state field director for nine years. The I. DeQuincey Newman Outstanding Student Award was established in honor of the late I. DeQuincey Newman and given annually to a graduating senior who has exhibited exemplary leadership skills, participates in community building; mentors fellow students; and has a good character.

I. DeQuincey Newman Outstanding Student Award Criteria:

  1. A graduating Senior
  2. A minimum of 3.0 GPA
  3. One letter of recommendation
  4. Exhibited exemplary leadership
  5. Participated in university and community organizations/activities
  6. Significantly contributed to the improvement of multiple identities within student life at USC

Student Application
Recommendation Form

Ralph E. Johnson Exemplary Leadership Award

Dr. Ralph E. Johnson served as assistant director of Student Life. The Ralph E. Johnson Exemplary Leadership Award is given to recognize the outstanding leadership demonstrated by a student while attending the University of South Carolina. This will also serve to encourage students to actively participate in co-curricular activities and develop leadership skills that will serve the university and greater Columbia area.

Ralph E. Johnson Exemplary Leadership Award Criteria:

  1. A minimum of 2.75 GPA
  2. One letter of recommendation
  3. Demonstrates outstanding leadership within the university community and subsequently improves the quality of life on campus
  4. Demonstrated involvement in campus activities

Student Application
Recommendation Form

Willie L. Harriford Outstanding Service Award

Willie Harriford served as the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the first director of African American Studies.  In 1988, he became the coordinator of Minority Student Affairs.  The Willie L. Harriford Outstanding Service Award recognizes the community service efforts by students attending the University of South Carolina.  This award is given to a student that actively seeks opportunities to address and serve the needs of the African American community as well as the Columbia community in its entirety like Willie L. Harriford did for the Richland County Community.

Willie L. Harriford Award Criteria:

  1. A minimum of a 2.75 GPA
  2. One letter of recommendation
  3. Demonstrated an active involvement in community service  to the USC and Columbia communities

Student Application
Recommendation Form