Charles Bolden accepts Wilkins Award from Minor Shaw

Award Events

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.

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David Wilkins, John Matthews, Charlotte Berry, Secretary Riley and Jay Lucas

OneSouthCarolina Awards for Legislative and Civic Leadership

The Riley-Wilkins OneSouthCarolina Leadership Awards honor one legislative and one civic leader annually on the first night of the legislative session.

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Building OneSouthCarolina

At the Building OneSouthCarolina forum, we recognize landmark collaborative achievements contributing significantly to social and economic progress in the state with our OneSouthCarolina Partners in Progress Award.

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A gallery of three photos. One is of a work crew that is actively painting a house. Another is a man buying food at the farmers market. A third is the exterior of a school with lots of windows.

WhatWorksSC Award Celebration

The annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award honors a highly effective, evidence-based initiative that supports public education.

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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.

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Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards 2019