In July 2006 the Executive Council, South Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans approved the establishment and sponsorship of the “H.L. Hunley JROTC Award”. In the first year of the Program the award was only offered to deserving cadets in the South Carolina Navy and Marine Corps JROTC Units. Beginning in 2008 the award was offered to JROTC Units in all service branches but still exclusive to South Carolina. In 2009 the award was expanded to all JROTC Units in the United States and in 2010 offered internationally as well. For School Year 2011/2012 over 95 deserving young cadets received the award in the South Carolina Division. The award program was designed to promote visibility of our Camps in the community as well as having outstanding young JROTC cadets wearing the Sons of Confederate Veterans Medal on their chest for three years.
Prior to Christmas break all JROTC units are sent a letter from the JROTC Program Coordinator, Compatriot Trip Wilson, signed by the Division Commander. The letter will state that the cadet should be a rising second year student and will ask that units interested in participating in the program notify by letter, phone or e-mail the JROTC Program Coordinator prior to March 1st. Most JROTC Awards Ceremonies are not held until the end of April or early May. Units do not have to give the name of the recipient at that time, just state that they desire to be considered for a medal, ribbon, and certificate.
As notification is received by the Program Coordinator he will notify the Brigade Hunley Awards Coordinator, who will in turn contact Brigade Camps to find out which camp desires to sponsor the school/unit. A spreadsheet will be maintained by the Program Coordinator which will include unit address, phone numbers, name and e-mail address for unit and camp contact points, date of awards ceremony and ultimately the name of the recipient. After a camp adopts a unit they will contact the school and exchange contact information. The camp will forward $30.00 sponsorship money, and the program coordinator will send the camp the award’s package.