South Carolina Junior Achievement volunteer receives top national honor

June 18, 2024

South Carolina business leader is awarded Junior Achievement’s top volunteer leadership award for empowering students to own their economic success

Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina (JA) announced that Tim Vaughn has been chosen from among more than one hundred thousand U.S. volunteers as one of eleven recipients of the organization’s most prestigious national award for volunteerism, the Gold Leadership Award.

Junior Achievement’s Gold Leadership Award honors volunteer excellence, presented in recognition of leadership in supporting and expanding JA’s student impact, resources, operational excellence and sustainability. The Gold Leadership Awards honor the recipients’ JA volunteer service during the 2022-23 school year.

Tim Vaughn Gold Leadership Award

“Our local business community’s support of JA is critical to achieving our mission, to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy,” said Casey Pash president of Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina. “Tim Vaughn, President and Chief Operating Officer at BlueChoice HealthPlan South Carolina is a remarkable example of that spirit of dedication and service to others. In a very real way, he helps South Carolina JA students get the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.”

Over the past nine years, Tim has helped Junior Achievement by serving as a volunteer in the classroom, board member, board chairman, and an investor. His contributions have helped lead to a statewide consolidation of Junior Achievement offices, an increase in over 16,000 students in the last 3 years and tripling the net assets of the organization. Tim believes in the boundless possibilities of the work of Junior Achievement here in the Palmetto State.

Junior Achievement’s entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness programs are delivered nationwide—typically in classrooms during the school day, by volunteer role models from the local business community.


About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA learning experiences are delivered by corporate and community volunteers and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Additionally, Junior Achievement is expanding its reach to 18-to-25-year-olds to provide young adults with critical life skills, as well as to pre-K youth to ensure children get a solid head start. Today, JA reaches more than 4.4 million students per year in 102 markets across the United States as part of 12.5 million students served by operations in more than 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. For more information, visit

About Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina (JAGSC)
Since Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina began operations in 1968 to serve Richland County, our service area and programs include 43 South Carolina counties. Last school year (2022-2023), our office served over 38,000 students using virtual programs and traditional in-classroom programs. JA is positioned to continue to be the leader in K-12 educational partnerships across the state in the areas of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.