Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Innovative Spirit Awards Guidelines

Clemson University Spiro Center Innovation Spirit Awards at Clemson South Carolina


PURPOSE: For the Arthur M. Spiro Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership to annually recognize two alumni who embody the spirit of innovation, have attained success in their professional field and who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the advancement of Clemson University.

ELIGIBILITY:  Nominees must: fulfill purpose of award; be an alumnus of Clemson University; not have been an undergraduate student at Clemson University in the past five years; and not be a candidate for public office.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Nominees will be considered for this award based on the significance of their contributions as indicated below, and with the following weightings applied to each category:

  • Professional and/or personal achievements exemplifying “Innovative Spirit” – 80%
  • Dedication and service to Clemson University – 20%

NOMINATIONS: The Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership will accept nominations of individuals annually prior to an established deadline date in October, and its staff will provide certification of eligibility requirements for each nominee prior to passing nominations on to the independent panel of judges. Nominations must be submitted in the format supplied and the total length of a nomination must not exceed the amount of space allocated on the entry form. No other nominations formats will be considered. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

In no case should a nominee be informed of the nomination. The nominator should seek information and supporting materials in a confidential way.

AWARDS: Recipients will be notified of their selection on or before December 5th of the prior year. Award ceremony will take place annually around the end of January/beginning of February.