Inspiration Award

The Inspiration Award celebrates an individual or group who is supportive of Beaufort County schools and has demonstrated extraordinary dedication, passion, and skills
that influence and inspire students.


Announcement coming in early September!



Each year, The Foundation for Educational Excellence recognizes a person or group with the Peggy May Inspiration Award, which celebrates their extraordinary dedication, inspiration, and support for Beaufort County schools and its students.

We are excited to  announce that this year’s Peggy May Inspiration Award goes to EVERYONE in the Beaufort County School District! We recognize everyone in each school for their efforts to keep students connected and involved, whether in person or virtually - over 3,000 educators, administrators, custodians, cafeteria workers, maintenance personnel, plus many, many more who have labored behind the scenes to make the best of a difficult situation.

The award was officially presented by the 2021 Chair of the Foundation, Lisa Carroll (see video above.)  Each school received a plaque, a congratulatory sign at the entrance, and a celebratory breakfast buffet (see video at right.)

CONGRATULATIONS to EVERYONE in the Beaufort County School system!

We are grateful for your determination and efforts.

  • 2020 Recipient: Kathy Cramer  While teaching special education in the Beaufort County School system, as well as acting as the Co-Director of Area 8 Special Olympics, she worked diligently to fulfill her dream of seeing Special Olympics categorized as a school sport. After 33 years of teaching, Kathy retired from the school system to dedicate herself full-time to providing recreational opportunities to those with special needs.


  • 2019 Recipient: Dr. Jane T. Upshaw, Distinguished Chancellor Emerita, University of South Carolina Beaufort, who has shown devoted leadership throughout her career for the advancement of education  in the Lowcountry

  • 2018 Recipient: Dr. Emory Campbell, recognized for contributions in the cultural and environmental heritage of the Lowcountry

  • 2017 Recipients: The Esquivel Family, champions for the Latino community

  • 2016 Recipient: Dr. Narendra P. Sharma, the founder of the Neighborhood Outreach Connection

  • 2015 Recipient: Peggy May, a retired educator, former chair of the Foundation for Educational Excellence, and former county and state Director of Adult Literacy

  • 2014 Recipient: Candice Glover,  2008 Beaufort High School graduate, who rose through the ranks to become the 2013 American Idol on FOX 

  • 2013 Recipient: Dr. Wayne Carbiener, former Beaufort County School Board member and avid supporter of the Foundation for Educational Excellence

  • 2012 Recipient: Orchid Paulmeier, accomplished chef, finalist of The Next Food Network Star television series and active parent volunteer at children's schools in Beaufort County

  • 2011 Recipient: David Vincent Young, renowned chef and entrepreneur and 1989 graduate of Hilton Head Island High School

  • 2010 Recipient: Jonathan Green, recognized as one of our nation's outstanding African American artists and 1973 graduate of Beaufort High School