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Alumni Awards Nomination

Nominations Now Open for Alumni Awards

Each year, the USC Upstate Alumni Association proudly presents three alumni awards to recognize the outstanding achievements of graduates who have earned distinction in their chosen field.

Help us recognize the exceptional achievements of USC Upstate graduates by submitting your nomination for the 2022 awards today.

There are three awards for nominations, which are detailed below:

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to alumni who have reached the pinnacle of their career and who have made exceptional contributions in one or more of the following ways:

  • Achieved distinction in chosen field
  • Exceptional service in local, state, or national affairs
  • Exceptional service in support of the advancement and continued excellence of USC Upstate

The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes alumni whose achievements in career, public service, and volunteerism have brought honor to themselves and the university. This award takes into account worthy accolades in all of the following areas:

  • Achievements in business or professional career
  • Community affairs at local or state levels
  • Support of the advancement and continued excellence of USC Upstate

The Young Alumni Award is designed to recognize USC Upstate graduates 40 years of age or younger who represent the future leaders of tomorrow. Standards for recognition include one or more of the following:

  • Demonstrated leadership capability
  • Commitment of service to others
  • Substantial commitment to USC Upstate and its mission

Alumni Award Nomination Form


Alumni Awards Selection Timeline

July 7th, 2021: The nomination window opens for alumni and the campus community.

October 4th, 2021: Deadline for nominations to be submitted. Only nominees submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 4, 2021, will be considered.

October 8th, 2021: Email will be sent to all qualified nominees requesting supporting documents for their nominations for the award. Deadline to submit documents and accept the nomination: October 22nd.

December 15th, 2021: Formal announcement will be made naming 2022 Alumni Award winners. Winners will be featured on the Alumni Association website and other platforms to share the news with the campus community.

Spring 2022:  Annual Alumni Awards will be celebrated during the week of Homecoming.


Helpful points of reference for nominating a USC Upstate Alumni:

  1. Please review our three award descriptions and evaluation criteria to decide which award your candidate best fits.
  2. Check to see if your candidate has already received the Alumni Award for which you are nominating them. Previous winners are listed on the tabs within the Alumni Award description. Once a candidate receives an award, they are not eligible to be nominated for the same award again.
  3. Consider reaching out to your nominee to inform them that you are nominating them for an award.
  4. All identifying information will be withheld to eliminate bias for the selection committee.


Questions? If you have questions about the Alumni Awards or nomination process, please contact Alumni Relations at alumni@uscupstate.edu or call 864-503-5093.