The award is given annually to 10 outstanding individuals who received undergraduate or graduate degrees from Clemson University within the past 10 years and who exemplify Clemson’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect. Recipients are recognized for their impact in business, leadership, community, educational and philanthropic endeavors.
Askins graduated from Clemson in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. Having completed her Doctor of Medicine degree, she will pursue a residency in anesthesiology at Tulane University in New Orleans.
She was the legislative and advocacy intern for the South Carolina Medical Association before advancing to serve as vice chair, chair and ultimately board of trustees representative of the medical student section. She promoted resolutions for consideration by the state association on issues ranging from coverage of HPV vaccinations to education regarding domestic violence awareness and prevention.
Nationally, she rose through the ranks of the American Medical Association to serve as the vice chair of the medical student section, representing more than 55,000 medical students across the country. She was honored by her peers with induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which works with healthcare professionals to ensure that compassion, respect and empathy are at the core of all healthcare interactions.
Askins spearheaded the creation of a philanthropic gala that in its first year raised more than $10,000 for the Greenville Free Medical Clinic and medical student scholarships. She chairs the team planning the second gala, which will raise funds for student research, advocacy and engagement on a national level.
For Clemson, Askins served as the medical student lead for CURE (Clemson Undergraduate Research Engagement), which provides undergraduate students with research, lectures, mentors and help with medical school application preparation. She participates in numerous other alumni leadership opportunities, including TigerLink, a campus-wide mentoring initiative and career connections service. She also supports IPTAY, Clemson’s athletic fundraising organization.
Members of the Clemson family nominate potential Roaring10 honorees, who are then selected by the Clemson Young Alumni Council. The 2021 award presentation will occur during the fall.
The primary mission of the Clemson Young Alumni Council is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to young alumni. The Clemson Alumni Association is an open-membership, nonprofit organization that exists to connect alumni with their alma mater. Through a variety of programs and services, the Alumni Association works with alumni around the world to ensure they have a Clemson Experience every day.