Apply for the 2019 WhatWorksSC Award by April 30!

Photo of Farm to Belly, winner of the 2018 WhatWorksSC Award

The Riley Institute at Furman University is accepting submissions for the annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award, given each fall to a program that is making a difference for our public school students and has data to support its success.  

We will accept submissions through April 30, 2019 for this year’s award. To be considered for the award, programs must:

  • have been in existence for one year;
  • have a design grounded in sound national research; and
  • have a comprehensive evaluation that shows convincing evidence of success and the relevance and effectiveness of the program. 

The winner and finalists will be announced and celebrated at the annual WhatWorksSC Awards luncheon in Columbia. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash award, with a $1,000 award going to each of the two finalists.

Past and future winners and finalists are featured on SCETV’s website and in the Riley Institute’s WhatWorksSC Clearinghouse.

Learn More & Apply

Past Winners

2018 Farm to Belly (Bradshaw Institute, Prisma Health)

2017 Make Summer Count (Public Education Partners)

2016 Healing Species Violence Prevention Compassion Education Program

2015 Teacher Cadet Program (Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement-CERRA)

2014 Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty (Francis Marion University)

2013 Chester Park Elementary School of Inquiry Project-Based Learning Initiative (with Winthrop University)

2012 Reading Recovery Training Center (Clemson University)

2011 South Carolina Teaching Fellows (Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement-CERRA) 


Save the Date

The ninth annual WhatWorksSC Award Celebration will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on November 12, 2019. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!


Our mailing address is:

The Riley Institute at Furman

3300 Poinsett Highway

Furman University

Greenville, SC 29613