- Bela Herlong graduated from Winthrop in 1951 with a bachelor's degree.
- She won the S.C. Governor's Humanities Award in 2009.
- Daughter M.H. Herlong's first young adult book, "The Great Wide Sea," was recognized by the Young Adult Library Services Association.
Winthrop University, "Mother-Daughter Pair Highlights New Friends of Dacus Library Book Talk" (2013). Winthrop News 2013. 80.