OneSouthCarolina Awards


More important than ever in this era of deep division and polarization, the Riley Institute’s OneSouthCarolina Legislative and Civic Leadership Awards (formerly titled the David H. Wilkins Awards) celebrate bipartisanship, integrity, and exemplary leadership in South Carolina.

Each January, the Riley Institute honors one legislative leader and one civic leader who inspire us with their selfless and collaborative efforts, efforts that have resulted in strengthening communities; bolstering the connection between education and jobs; and improving opportunities for better health, education, and welfare among the residents of our diverse state. In short, we celebrate the aspirational work of legislative and civic leaders in building a South Carolina that maximizes the potential of all its people.

New this year is Building OneSouthCarolina, which takes place the following morning and recognizes a discrete achievement with The Riley Institute’s Partner in Progress Award. The achievement will have made significant contributions to advancing social and economic progress in South Carolina in realms such as healthcare, economic development, conservation, and arts and culture. Attendees gain insight into what led to the achievement’s success as the community leaders who shepherded the initiative come together to talk in depth about how it was done, challenges encountered, and key takeaways from their work toward building one South Carolina.

Past OneSouthCarolina Award Winners

Listed below are previous winners of the Riley Institute’s Legislative and Civic Leadership Awards. Each award is given in January to honor leadership shown in the previous year(s). For example, the 2019 Legislative and Civic Leadership Awards were presented in January 2020.

Past Legislative Award Winners

2019 Award Winner: Representative Gary Simrill (R-York)
2018 Award Winner: Senator John Matthews, Jr. (D-Orangeburg)
2017 Award Winner: Representative Weston Newton (R-Beaufort)
2016 Award Winner: Representative Rita Allison (R-Spartanburg)
2015 Award Winner: Senator Clementa Pinckney (posthumous award )
2014 Award Winner: Speaker of the SC House Jay Lucas (R-Darlington)
2013 Award Winner: Senator Paul Campbell (R- Berkeley)
2012 Award Winner: Representative James Harrison (R-Richland)
2011 Award Winner: Representative James Smith, (D-Richland)
2010 Award Winner: Senator Wes Hayes (R-York)
2009 Award Winner: Representative Dan Cooper (R-Anderson)
2008 Award Winner: Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D-Orangeburg)
2007 Award Winner: Senator Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence)
2006 Award Winner: Speaker of the SC House Bobby Harrell (R-Charleston)
2005 Award Winner: Senator John Drummond (D-Greenwood)

Past Civic Award Winners

2019 Award Winner: Nella Barkley
2018 Award Winner: Charlotte Berry
2017 Award Winner: Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr.
2016 Award Winner: Hayne Hipp
2015 Award Winners: Governor Nikki Haley and Mayor Joe Riley
2014 Award Winner: Bill Barnet
2013 Award Winner: Steve Morrison (posthumous award)
2012 Award Winner: Anita Zucker
2011 Award Winner: Ed Sellers
2010 Award Winner: Minor Mickel Shaw

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