The Riley Institute is committed to recognizing leadership that drives progress in South Carolina, and it does so in three specific arenas: community leadership that champions diversity and makes a real difference in people’s lives, legislative leadership that showcases bipartisanship, integrity, and the ability to get things done; and on-the-ground work that supports public education in our state through highly effective, innovative programs.
More about our award events
OneSouthCarolina Awards for Legislative and Civic Leadership
The OneSouthCarolina Awards, now in their 16th year (formerly titled the David H. Wilkins Awards) honor one legislative and one civic leader annually on the first night of the legislative session.
WhatWorksSC Award Celebration
The annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award honors a highly effective, evidence-based initiative that supports public education.
Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards
The Riley Institute partners annually with the Greenville Chamber and other chambers of commerce to celebrate outstanding contributions in diversity in the Upstate.