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Capstone Scholars

Capstone Fellows

Capstone students who exceed expectations are eligible to become Fellows after their sophomore year, getting recognition and benefits they'll enjoy throughout their time at USC and beyond. 

Apply to be a Capstone Fellow

Applications for Capstone Fellows will open in late April.


Benefits of Being a Fellow

You can:

  • Include Fellow status on your college transcript. 
  • Continue to apply for travel, research and education grants through Capstone.
  • Wear a Capstone Scholars Fellows honors stole at graduation.
  • Become a part of an expanded professional network.


Capstone has pushed me outside of my comfort zone to do things that I did not believe I was capable of.

Caroline Hannon, Capstone Fellow, 2017 Cohort



To join the ranks of the Capstone Scholars Fellows, you must meet the program criteria. If a you miss one semester requirement deadline, you automatically lose your eligiblility.

Academic Criteria

  • Excel in your studies by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Meet with your assigned Capstone Consultant each semester.
  • Complete UNIV 101, ENCP 101, ENCP 105, or BMEN 101 with a “B” or better during your first semester.

Service Criteria

  • Actively participate in one service event each semester.

Leadership Criteria

  • Select and pursue a personal challenge each semester.
  • Be in good judicial standing with the university.
  • Interact with diverse perspectives, potentially through your residential community, multicultural events.
  • Engage with faculty at least once by participating in the Out to Lunch program (the faculty member cannot be a Capstone staff member or U101 instructor).
  • Be an active member of a student organization.
  • Attend at least one additional Capstone Scholars event per academic year.

Professional Criteria

  • Complete at least one of the following core experiences:
    • Serve in a leadership position on campus which you applied for, were selected for, and/or elected into (at least one semester)
      Participate in any credit-bearing study abroad experience that is approved by the University of South Carolina
    • Conduct undergraduate research (at least one semester)
    • Get an internship, co-op or substantive work experience (12 weeks/ 240 hours or more)
    • Take a 3-credit hour service learning class
  • Present your own experience as a Capstone Scholar at the Fellows Colloquium the fall of your junior year. Criteria for this presentation will be sent during the summer after your application.