Senior Awards

University of South Carolina Senior Awards Application – Outstanding Senior


Deadline: Monday, February 20, 2017, at 4 p.m.
No late applications will be accepted.

The University of South Carolina’s Honors and Awards Commission is accepting applications for the Outstanding Senior award. Please note: Students who were notified that they were selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges will be considered for this award and do not need to resubmit their application unless they would like to update/add new information to what was previously submitted.

Students selected for the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and Outstanding Senior honors also will be considered for the university’s top two undergraduate honors – the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and Steven N. Swanger Leadership Award.

The Outstanding Senior awards, Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, and the Steven N. Swanger Leadership Award will be presented at the annual University Awards Day, which will be held April 20, 2017, at 2 p.m. on the historic Horseshoe. (Rain location is the Russell House Ballroom.) Recipients will be notified prior to the ceremony.

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
Students who have distinguished themselves in a major leadership position in the categories of service, leadership and academics are considered for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. This award is one of the most highly regarded and long-standing honors programs in the nation.

Outstanding Senior
Students who receive the university’s Outstanding Senior award have demonstrated significant achievement in all three categories of service, leadership and academics.

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
The Sullivan is the university’s highest honor student honor and is presented each year to one graduating female and one graduating male for outstanding achievements, campus leadership, exemplary character and service to the community. The award, given at 15 colleges and universities across the country, is named for the 19th-century New York lawyer and philanthropist.

The Steven N. Swanger Leadership Award
The university’s second-highest undergraduate honor, the Steven N. Swanger Leadership Award is named for a former president of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), which co-sponsors the university’s Awards Day. It is given to a graduating senior for exemplary leadership and for making significant contributions to the Carolina community.

Students must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for senior awards:
• Must graduate from an undergraduate degree program at USC Columbia between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
• Must have completed at least 75 academic credit hours.
• Must exemplify scholarship, involvement, citizenship and leadership in academic and co-curricular activities.
• Must submit all information in this online application only and electronically sign the honor statement.
• Students who have requested a privacy indicator on their records must sign the waiver to release award information.

If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Young, administrative coordinator for the Department of Student Life, at or 803-777-5782.