Murray L. Vincent Outstanding Prevention Professional Award

About the Award

The Murray L. Vincent Outstanding Prevention Professional Award is the highest and most distinguished award given by Fact Forward.  In honor of Dr. Murray Vincent, the award recognizes an individual who has significantly impacted the prevention of adolescent pregnancy in South Carolina while exemplifying the characteristics of the award’s namesake. Both the 2020 and 2021 winner will be recognized at the 2021 Summer Institute.  Recipients of the award will receive a $500 stipend to continue their prevention work and a lifetime scholarship to the Summer Institute.

Submit your nomination!

All submissions must be received by April 30th.

Qualifications:

  • Nominees must be a resident of South Carolina or demonstrate that they have made a significant impact on youth in South Carolina through regional or national work. 
  • Nominees must be recognized and known for exhibiting characteristics exemplified by Dr. Vincent:
    • A true passion for the prevention of teen pregnancy and a role model for others;
    • A history of making a difference in the lives of young people through health education;
    • A dedication to ensuring that all young people in South Carolina receive high-quality, comprehensive, age-appropriate sexuality education;
    • A record of high personal and professional standards and excellence in their profession.
  • Nominees must demonstrate a history of service, leadership and high quality program delivery.

All nominations will be reviewed by a panel comprised of Fact Forward’s CEO, Fact Forward’s Board Chair, and all past winners of the award.


Former Award Winners

2020

Sherry Coutain
Family Life Educator, Family Outreach of Horry County

                       

                       

2019

Kristen Fouts
Anderson School District Three

                       

                       

2018

Melanie Dees
Director of the Diamonds Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

                       

       

   

2017

Joan Johnakin
Founding Director of the Coalition for Family Enrichment 

           

2016

Suzan Alexander
SCDHEC

                       

                       

2015

Darnell McPherson
Darlington County First Steps

                       

                       

2014

Sarah Brown
Former CEO of Power to Decide

                       

                       

2014

Shedron Williams
SC Representative for District 122 (Beaufort, Hampton & Jasper Counties)

                       

                       

2012

Stacey McPhail
PRISMA Health

                       

                       

2011

Carol Singletary
Fact Forward

                       

                       

2010

Aimee Lassor
Communities in Schools

                       

                       

2010

Dr. Janice Key
MUSC

                       

                       

2009

Rev. Don Flowers
Fact Forward Emeritus Board Member

                       

                       

2008

Michelle Nimmons
Bamberg School District