Catherine Ramirez

Mercury Awards

Celebrating SCPRSA’s 30th Annual Mercury Awards (1991-2021)

The Mercury Awards submission process has closed. Nominations for individual awards have closed. Winners will be notified via email by March 31, 2021. The 30th Annual Mercury Award winners will be announced and celebrated on SCPRSA social media channels on April 29, 2021. Stay tuned for details.


Watch a session on how to write an award-winning Mercury Awards entry on the SCPRSA Facebook page (post date: 1/26/21)

Winning an award depends on a strong entry. As you get ready to enter the Mercury Awards, set yourself up for success with the ingredients of a winning entry. On Jan. 26, 2021, Ashley Dusenbury, APR, Mercury Awards judging chair, led a conversation with practitioners across the state who have entered the competition many times and won multiple awards: Kaytee Watson, Dominion Energy South Carolina; Chris Hauff, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum; and Emily Moseley, Crawford Strategy. They shared tips and offered guidance that will help you prepare and get you ready to win!

Last year's Mercury Awards at a glance...

Best In Show

Prisma Health Midlands Foundation won the Best in Show Mercury Award winner for “30th Festival of Trees.”

Flock and Rally won the Best in Show Silver Wing Award for “Richland Library Friends and Foundation Buyer Persona Research.”

Individual Award Winners

Keller Kissam, president of electric operations at Dominion Energy, was named winner of the Executive Excellence award.

Bianca Crawford Shelton, an instructor in mass communications at Claflin University, was named Educator of the Year.

Katie Beliles, integrated marketing coordinator at Infinity Marketing, was named Rookie of the Year.

Victoria Canada, a senior public relations major at the University of South Carolina, was named Public Relations Student of the Year.

For the full list of winners, download this year’s winners’ booklet.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Thank you to our sponsor, Central Carolina Community Foundation.