Outstanding Young Alumni Award


The Young Alumni Award is presented to a graduate who has excelled in his or her chosen field and is under the age of 40.

(Award recipient must be under the age of 40 as of January 1 of the year the award is to be made.)

Student for a short time. Gamecock for a lifetime.


2016 - Joseph F. Young, ’04 BM
2015 - Michelle Parsons Kelley, ’04 BA, ‘07 MPA, ’07 JD
2014 - Brandon Bookstaver, ’04 PharmD
2013 - Dr. William Tripp Jennings, ’03 MD
2012 - Anton Gunn, ’94 BA, ’01 MSW
2011 - No awards due to university's Capital Campaign kickoff
2010 - Jan Jeffcoat, ’00 BA
2009 - Sara Wardrip Armstrong, ’94 BS, ’99 MBA
2008 – Dr. Nioaka “Nikki” Campbell, ’96 BS, ’00 MD
2007 - Ainsley Earhardt-McKinney, ’99 BA
2006 – Dr. Noel Brownlee, ’02 MD
2005 - Robert R. Hill, ’88 BS, ’95 MBA
2004 - Darci Strickland Rush, ‘BA 97
2003 - Todd R. Ellis, ’89 BA, ’95 JD
2002 - Sally Tibshrany McKay, ’92 BA
2001 - No awards due to university's Bicentennial celebration
2000 - J. Michelle Childs, ’91 MHR, ’91 JD
1999 – The Honorable Stephen K. Benjamin, ’91 BA, ’94 JD
1998 - Rita Cosby, ’89 BA
1997 - James E. Smith, Jr., ’07 BA, ’16 MAT
1996 - Jeff A. Norris, ’92 BS
1995 - Darius C. Rucker of "Hootie & the Blowfish"
1995 - Mark W. Bryan of "Hootie & the Blowfish", ’89 BA
1995 - James G. Sonefeld of "Hootie & the Blowfish", ’89 BA
1995 - E. Dean Felber of "Hootie & the Blowfish", ’89 BS
1994 - Harry B. Gregory, Jr., ‘82 BA, ’85 JD
1993 – Dr. Steven D. Dillingham, ’76 JD, ’78 MPA, ’87 PhD
1992 - Dr. D. Davidson Easson, Jr., ’83 BS
1991 - Abigail R. Rogers, ’79 BA, ’82 JD, ’08 MA
1990 –Dr. Jaroslav Jiri Olmr, ’79 BS, ’82 MS, ’87 PhD
1989 - John Lyles Glenn, IV, ’78 BA, ’81 JD
1988 - John Steven Beckham, Jr., ’78 BS
1987 - Samuel R. Foster, ’80 BS
1986 - Susan Aude Fisher, ’78 MMC
1985 - Leeza Gibbons, ’78 BA
1982 - William Lee Bussell, ’82 BA
1981 - Donna Gamble Traywick, ’75 BA
1980 - Thomas E. Suggs, ’71 BS