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Student Awards

Student Awards

The Office of the Dean of Students coordinates the following student awards that are presented during the Student Activism and Leadership Achievement (SALA) Awards Ceremony each year hosted by the Higdon Student Leadership Center.  

The Bishop Robert Smith Award 
The Bishop Robert Smith Award is the highest honor a student can receive during his/her career at the College of Charleston.  Recipients of the award are chosen on the basis of demonstrated leadership and academic excellence.  This is the highest and most selective honor an undergraduate can achieve at the College of Charleston.  These award winners are selected by a committee composed of the Provost, the Executive Vice President for Student Affairs and former award winners.  The BRS was established by former President Theodore Stern to recognize seniors who demonstrate exceptional  leadership and academic excellence.  We have three award recipients this year from a very large pool of nominations.  The award recipients receive a plaque, a monetary award and recognition during the graduation ceremony.  Each nomination comes from a group of faculty and staff members.

Ted Stern Award 
The Theodore S. Stern Cup Award was established in 1975 and presented anonymously on the occasion of his 25th wedding anniversary. When Dr. Stern retired, the cup was passed to honor a member of the Senior Class of the College of Charleston who has most faithfully served the interests and ideals of the College and who by character and influence has best exemplified the ideals and qualities of Theodore S. Stern both in the College and the community.  

Dr. Ted Stern, President of the College from 1968-1978, passed away January, 2013 not long after his 100thbirthday.  As we have awarded The Theodore S. Stern Cup Award for many years, we continue to honor his legacy with the presentation of this award to the most deserving member of the senior class. 

The Theodore S. Stern Cup Award was established in 1975 and presented anonymously on the occasion of his 25th wedding anniversary.  When Dr. Stern retired, the cup was passed to honor a member of the Senior Class of the College of Charleston who has most faithfully served the interests and ideals of the College and who by character and influence has best exemplified the ideals and qualities of Theodore S. Stern, both in the College and the community.

The Theodore S. Stern Cup Award recipients receive a Silver Cup and a monetary award.

Alexander Chambliss Connelley Award
The Alexander Chambliss Connelley Award is presented to a student of the senior class who has made the most unselfish contribution(s) to the student body and the College of Charleston. It is awarded to a student of the graduating class for special achievement. The recipient will receive a cash award and plaque.  This award winner is selected by the Faculty Committee on Student Affairs.  

2018 Award Recipients

 More information about the awards