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Every year the Columbia International Festival Staff and Committee recognizes up to four individuals for their outstanding achievement among South Carolina’s international community.

  • International Business Person of the Year, 

  • International Volunteer of the Year, and

  • International Professional of the Year 

These three annual awards honor and promote outstanding achievement by members of South Carolina’s international community.
An American-born Community Ambassador of the Year will also be selected. Candidates should meet the criteria for nomination listed in the application. 


Winners will be honored and awards presented at the Saturday opening event of the Columbia International Festival.

If you wish to nominate someone, please download and fill out the application, and send it to:

Columbia International Festival


610 Pickens Street

Columbia, SC 29201

The deadline is one month before the festival's opening day.

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