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2021 WhatWorksSC Award Celebration

11th Annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC® Award Celebration

Presented by the Riley Institute

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. via Zoom | Free to register

Join the Riley Institute in celebrating three exceptional programs making a difference in South Carolina public education during the 11th annual WhatWorksSC Award Celebration. A committee of corporate leaders and education experts selected these programs from a large pool of entries based on effectiveness as evidenced by their research, resource allocation, and sustainability. The winner — who will be announced by former U.S. Secretary of Education and former S.C. Governor Dick Riley — will be awarded a $10,000 cash prize, and the two finalists will receive $1,000 each.

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Meet our 2021 WhatWorksSC finalists

Bridges to a Brighter Future (Greenville) provides long-term, need-based support to promising high school students who live in communities that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education and helps them on their path to college. Among the students who participate in the program, 92 percent enter college or the military directly after high school, compared to the national average of 54 percent among students from a similar background.

Charleston Promise Neighborhood (Charleston) partners with under-resourced early-learning and elementary schools in Charleston to co-design strategies to improve academic and social outcomes for students and their families through school-day supports and afterschool programming.

Reading Partners South Carolina (Charleston) places community volunteers in low-income schools to help children master basic reading through individualized one-on-one tutoring. By working to improve reading comprehension, reading fluency, and sight-word reading, the program helps put participants on track to read on grade level by the end of third grade.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors

Thanks to the generous support of the following organizations, we are able to award $10,000 to the winner and $1,000 to each of the finalists:

The event is also made possible by the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee for its material help, as well as South Carolina ETV for producing the videos featuring our finalists.