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Alumni Awards

Do you know someone who deserves a USC Upstate Alumni Award.


Nominations are now closed

The USC Upstate Alumni Association proudly presents the call for award nominations for special recognition of notable alumni. Award recipients must be graduates of USC Upstate and will be selected and honored for exceptional achievements.

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 to 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

2021 Alumni Awards Selection Timeline

August 14, 2020: The nomination window opens for alumni and the campus community.

October 9, 2020: Deadline for nominations to be submitted. Only nominees submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 9, 2020, will be considered.

October 14, 2020: 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 28th.

December 15th, 2020: Formal announcement will be made naming 2021 Alumni Award winners. Winners will be featured on the Alumni Association website and other platforms to share the news with the campus community.

January/February TBD, 2021:  Annual Alumni Awards Brunch at Homecoming Block Party, downtown Spartanburg.

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 Joshua Jones at JJones3@uscupstate.edu or call 864-503-5093.