The James Stephens III Scholarship Annual Gala is an event established by James Stephens to honor and recognize the academic accomplishments of graduating high school seniors in the state of South Carolina and beyond. The formal ceremony at which the awards are presented is one of the most prominent scholarship events held in the Southeast and has been attended by 600 persons annually.
The event attracts celebrities, special guests, corporate executives and dignitaries from around the country. Each gala has a showcase performance as well as a variety of performers from singers and actors to comedians. The gala is most commonly held in April or May of each year. It is an elaborate extravaganza, with the celebrities and invited guests walking up the red carpet in black tie attire.
The gala has been orchestrated for the past 23 years and every year it gets better and better.