2021 SCAC Awards

The J. Mitchell Graham/Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Awards recognize innovative projects completed by South Carolina’s counties during the past fiscal year. Winners represent the best qualities of local governance—attention to details, service to citizens, efficient use of tax dollars, and improvement in the quality of life. They demonstrate how creative problem-solving and collaboration can achieve impressive results, and offer new ideas for other counties to consider.

The J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award recognizes counties that address community challenges, implement operational improvements, or enhance their citizens’ quality of life in a unique way.

The Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Regional Cooperation Award highlights the growing need for regional partnerships, strategies, and solutions. Competition for this award is open to two or more political subdivisions (counties or county partnerships formed with city, town, district, or regional government organizations) that worked together on a project.

The COVID-19 Response and Resiliency Showcase — a third awards category added to this year’s awards program — honors the ways our counties have responded to the unprecedented health pandemic. Adjudication for this category will be different from the other two awards; all entries submitted for this year’s showcase will receive special recognition.

Questions? Contact: Susan Turkopuls at or by calling 1-800-922-6081.

2021 Awards Brochure

Application Deadline

The Friday, April 30, 2021, deadline has passed.

Competition Presentations

Presentations for the 2021 Awards program will take place on Tuesday, June 8 at the SCETV studio beginning at 9 AM. View the presentations live on the Association's Facebook page or at

Project Summaries

Order of Presentations


Winners of the J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award and the Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Award will be announced, and all entries for the COVID-19 Response and Resiliency Showcase will be recognized during SCAC's Annual Conference banquet on August 2.

Video Library

Previous Award Winners

J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award Winners

2020Lancaster County2004Lexington County1988Spartanburg County
2019Dorchester County2003Orangeburg County1987Beaufort County
2018Charleston County2002Anderson County1986Aiken County
2017Charleston County2001Anderson County1985Greenwood County
2016Colleton County2000Horry County1984Union County
2015Barnwell County1999York County1983Greenville County
2014Abbeville County1998Aiken County1982Chester County
2013Newberry County1997Georgetown County1981Chesterfield County
2012Colleton County1996Berkeley County1980York County
2011Horry County1995Florence County1979Beaufort County
2010Orangeburg County1994Richland County1978Oconee County
2009Georgetown County1993Charleston County1977Richland County
2008Lexington County1992York County1976Beaufort County and Greenwood County
2007Greenwood County1991Greenwood County 1975Edgefield County
2006Newberry County1990Beaufort County1974Lexington County
2005Georgetown County1989Charleston County1973Charleston County

 Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Regional Cooperation Award Winners

2020Berkeley County: Project SEARCH
2019Charleston County: Launch with NASA
2018Barnwell, Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties: Emergency Medical Center
2017Greenville County: I-map — Finding Essential Services
2016Spartanburg County: Operation Educate
2015Spartanburg County: Senior Wellness Partnership
2014Abbeville, Anderson, Barnwell, and Jasper Counties
2012Lexington and Richland Counties
2011Beaufort and Jasper Counties
2010Western Piedmont Regional Emergency Management Task Force
2009Greenwood County and GLEAMNS HR Commission
2008Western Piedmont Regional Emergency Management Task Force
2007Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton Counties
2006Western Piedmont Regional Emergency Management Task Force
2005Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties
2004Florence, Georgetown, and Horry Counties
2003Sumter and Lee Counties
2002Anderson County Partnership
1999Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority