Vincenza has been honored with several prestigious awards for her ongoing literacy efforts including the
State of Delaware Jefferson Award, the Daily Point’s of Light Award as the Nation’s Volunteer of the Day,
the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award, and many more.

She even had a day named after her in the city of Newark, “Vincenza Carrieri-Russo Day,” and was honored with the
National Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for outstanding community service, which is considered to be the Nobel Prize for volunteerism.
She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The Jefferson Awards.

In addition, Vincenza was named 2012 Woman of the Year Candidate & Spokesperson for
the Lukemia & Lymphoma Society

In 2002, she co-founded the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait Inc. when she was just an 18-year-old high school senior. Over the last 12 years, she has been active in promoting literacy and has helped collect and redistribute over 600,000 books to communities, schools, and non-profit organizations in need.

Vincenza has also been a Guest Speaker & Master of Ceremonies at numerous events including the Walk to End Lupus, Runway to Play at the Delaware Children’s Museum, and many more.


Top Women in Business 2015 by Delaware Today Magazine – 2015
Alexis I. DuPont High School Hall Of Fame – 2013
Woman of The Year Candidate, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – 2012
Calendar Cover Model – 2009 to 2010
Winner of 2008 Miss Delaware USA – 2007 to 2008
Delaware Today Magazine Top 40 Under 40, Cover Issue – 2008
State Miracle Maker Award from the Children’s Miracle Network – 2007
Outstanding Young Wilmingtonian Jaycees Nominee – 2006
National Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Service Benefiting a Local Community – 2006
Delaware’s Representative, National Jefferson Awards for Outstanding Community Service – 2006
Nikki Wolf Award, Volunteer of the Year, University of Delaware – 2006
Miss Delaware Pageant, Outstanding Community Service Award – 2004, 2006
Miss America Pageant, Outstanding Community Service Award – 2004, 2006
Daily Points of Light Award, Nation’s Volunteer of the Day – July 15, 2004
Tribute by Delaware’s Governor Ruth Ann Minner – 2008
“Vincenza Carrieri-Russo Day,” declared by Newark’s Mayor Vance Funk – July 15, 2004
Town and Gown Award for Community Service – University of Delaware – 2004, 2005, 2006
President’s Student Service Award, White House Initiative – 2003

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