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Carolina Master Scholars Adventures Series

Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series

Celebrating fifteen years of learning through exploration, the CMS Adventure Series is open to rising 6th - 12th grade students who are academically talented or gifted.  Experience college life by eating in a cafeteria, using campus facilities for learning and fun, or live in a residence hall, explore careers you've dreamt about and dive deep into learning without the pressure of grades.  Jumpstart your future and choose from challenging, fun and engaging topics.

Summer 2017 Camps

Join academically talented middle and high school students, like you, from across the country for some serious fun this summer with great new courses and the return of many favorites. Have fun, meet new friends and continue your quest for knowledge as you take part in this nationally recognized, award-winning academic adventure! See a full list of 2017 courses.

 

Program Basics

The CMS Adventures Series embraces healthy living, community service and social interaction in an interactive learning environment. 

  • Admission and acceptance into the program is selective and courses fill quickly, so don't miss out!
  • Courses are based out of USC-Columbia.
  • The program starts with orientation on Sunday for all scholars and ends with a parents session on Friday at 1:00 pm.
  • Scholars can enroll in one class per week.
  • Class size is limited to 20 scholars per course, unless otherwise noted.
  • Course fees depend on the type of enrollment.  You may choose from:  residential, commuter and commuter plus evening.  Scholarship opportunities are also available.

 

Admissions

To be eligible for admission to the Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series, a student must:

  1. Be a rising 6th through 12th grader
  2. Be academically talented and gifted as established by objective means
  3. Attend an institution or home school accredited by an approved state or national accreditation organization, or provide objective evidence of academic success as specified in subparagraph 4 below
  4. Submit a completed application and an report card or official transcript from an accredited institution subject to the following:
    1. Applicants attending unaccredited institutions or institutions that do not award traditional numeric grades may submit, in lieu of an official transcript, approved standardized test scores (i.e., ACT, MAP, PACT, PSAT, PLAN, SAT, STAR, or ITBS  scores), or the results of a standard intelligence test administered by a licensed  psychologist (at the applicant’s expense).
    2. Applicants who have previously attended an Adventure Series program will need to submit an updated report card / official transcript and be in good standing (i.e., no disciplinary issues) at both their institution and the Adventure Series.
    3. Students who participated in Duke TIP Talent Search at 4-6 or 7-8 Grades are automatically accepted into the program upon submission of an application and proof of Duke TIP Identification Number or SC Junior Scholar status and recent report card/ official transcript..
    4. All applicants must be covered by a valid health insurance policy during their enrollment in a Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series course, proof of which must be provided on the standard Consent and Waiver.

 

Acceptance

  1. Because admission to the Adventure Series is highly competitive and limited to academically  talented students, an applicant generally must meet one of the following criteria in order to be  selected for admission:
  2. Completed applications, report card / transcripts or test scores are reviewed and evaluated holistically to determine if an applicant should be admitted to the Adventure Series.
  3. The University of South Carolina Carolina Master Scholars Program does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.
    • Maintain a grade point average equivalent to a 3.0 GPA.
    • Score at or above the 93rd percentile nationally in reasoning ability on a standardized aptitude test or score at or above the 94th percentile nationally on a standardized achievement test or be classified as gifted and talented based on the results of a standard intelligence test.
    • Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Enrollments in Adventure Series classes are  limited, and applicants found to meet eligibility requirements will be offered admission on a first come, first served basis.

 

Program Costs

Choose the type of enrollment to fit your needs:

Residential – $975

Residential scholars check in Sunday afternoon and check out Friday at 2:00 PM. The program fee includes all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and all afternoon and evening activities. Scholars reside in a university residence hall and experience student life at USC alongside counselors. Lab fees may also apply to some courses. 

Commuter – $575

Commuting scholars check in Sunday afternoon for a mandatory orientation. Daily check-in is Monday through Friday at 8:00 AM. Daily check-out is Monday through Thursday at 4:30 PM.  Friday check-out is 2:00 PM. The program fee includes lunch and all afternoon activities. Commuters are also invited to participate in Thursday evening pizza party and activities. Lab fees may also apply to some courses. 

Commuter Plus Evening – $665

Commuter Plus scholars check in Sunday afternoon for a mandatory orientation. Daily check-in is Monday through Friday at 8:00 AM. Daily check-out is Monday through Thursday at 9:30 PM.  Friday check-out is 2:00 PM. The program fee includes lunch and dinner and all afternoon and evening activities. Lab fees may also apply to some courses. 

Scholarship Opportunities

Thanks to our campus and corporate sponsors, we are pleased that scholarships are now available for the 2017 Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series.  Please note that you may only receive one of the following:

Partial Scholarships for any CMS Adventures Course

Needs-based partial scholarships in the amount of $250 for residential or $150 for commuter scholars will be awarded to students interested in enrolling in any of the  2017 CMS Adventure Series courses. These scholarships are awarded on a first-come first-served basis to families who demonstrate need. Each student may only receive one scholarship during the 2017 summer term.

To apply for this scholarship:

  • Complete and return a paper application only for the Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series and include a copy of your most recent report card/transcript.
  • Include your $200 non-refundable deposit. If awarded, the scholarship will be deducted from your total fees. 
  • Include your parents/guardians 2015 or 2016 Federal Income Tax Return (1040) which will provide us with your income and the number of dependents you claim. If you do not file a 2015/2016 Federal Income Tax Return (1040), please submit proof of income and include the number of your dependents that you claim.

*If you have already applied and been accepted in to a Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series course for this summer 2017, you may still apply for a partial scholarship. Please return the completed acceptance forms that were sent to you with a copy of your 2015/2016 Federal Income Tax Return. If awarded, the scholarship will be deducted from your balance due.

Upon notification of the scholarship award, the remaining balance is due by May 22, 2017. If payment is not received by May 22, 2017 the scholarship and program slot may be offered to another student.

The Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series would like to extend our appreciation to the Carolina Collegiate Federal Credit Union, who is a sponsor of this scholarship.

Pharmacy Course: Partial Scholarship

Needs-based partial scholarships in the amount $200-$400 for residential or commuter scholars will be awarded to rising 9-12 students interested in enrolling in CMS Adventures in Pharmacy to be held June 18 - 23, 2017. This course is designed for high school students interested in pharmacy or pursuing a career in pharmacy.

Adventures of Pharmacy course description : Travel with us as we discover what it takes to become a pharmacist. You’ll see that pharmacists work in communities, in educational institutions, for drug manufacturers, for hospitals, and with nuclear medicine to build patient records and medical files. Real-life pharmacists will show you how to read prescriptions and help with the preparation of medications, counsel patients, understand poison warnings, and learn patient drug regimens. You will learn about hypertension and diabetic monitoring, compounding, and intravenous techniques. This adventure includes working in the Pharmacy Lab at USC’s School of Pharmacy.

This scholarship is based on a first-come first-served basis to families who demonstrate need. Each student may only receive one (1) scholarship during the 2017 summer term.

The Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series would like to extend our appreciation to the South Carolina College of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina, who sponsors this scholarship.

To apply for this scholarship:

  • Complete and return a paper application only for the Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series and include a copy of your most recent report card/transcript.
  • Include your $200 non-refundable deposit. A scholarship award will be deducted from your total fees. 
  • Include your parents/guardians 2015 or 2016 Federal Income Tax Return (1040) which will provide us with your income and the number of dependents you claim. If you do not file a 2015/2016 Federal Income Tax Return (1040), please submit proof of income and include the number of your dependents that you claim.

*If you have already applied and been accepted in to a Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series course for summer 2017, you may still apply for a partial scholarship. Please return the completed acceptance forms that were sent to you with a copy of your 2015/2016 Federal Income Tax Return. If awarded, the scholarship will be deducted from your balance due.

Upon notification of the scholarship award, the remaining balance is due by May 22, 2017. If payment is not received by May 22, 2017 the scholarship and program slot may be offered to another student.

Aerospace Course: Partial Scholarship

Partial scholarships in the amount of $700 for residential scholars will be awarded to rising 9-12 students who are interested in enrolling in the CMS Adventures in Aerospace to be held June 11 - 16, 2017. These scholarships are awarded on a first-come first-served basis to students from under-represented student populations which include females, Native Americans, Hispanics, and African-American students who demonstrate a need. Each student may only receive one (1) scholarship during the 2017 summer term.

This course is designed for high school students interested in Aerospace or pursuing a career in engineering or aerospace engineering. 

Adventures in Aerospace course description: Have you ever wondered what it takes to be an aerospace engineer?  Spend the week with us and you will learn about the research, design, development, and manufacture of aircraft. Discover new innovations in the USC McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research, and then head over to the Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One where you will learn about rocketry. Learn the basics of composite materials, computer aided design and manufacturing, program industrial-scale robots, test manufactured products, and see into the future of 3D printing technologies. End your week by creating your very own aerospace part made of composites!

The Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series program would like to extend our appreciation to the USC College of Engineering for providing this scholarship through a grant called the Career Cluster Partnership Grant - South Carolina Secondary Education Pre-Engineering Career Awareness for Under-represented Student Populations.

To apply for this scholarship:

  • Complete and return a paper application only for the Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series and include a copy of your most recent report card/transcript.
  • Include your $200 refundable deposit. The $200 deposit will be returned if the participant completes all requirements of the program including attending all mandatory orientation sessions, educational sessions, meal functions, afternoon and evening activities and project requirements. If the participant is not able to attend the entire week or does not complete the project, the deposit will be forteited. If the participant completes the entire program, the deposit will be refunded to the participant which may take up to six weeks to process if paying by check.
  • Include your parents/guardians 2015 or 2016 Federal Income Tax Return (1040) which will provide us with your income and the number of dependents you claim. If you do not file a 2015/2016 Federal Income Tax Return (1040), please submit proof of income and include the number of your dependents that you claim.

*If you have already applied and been accepted in to a Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series course for this summer 2017, you may still apply for this scholarship. Please return the completed acceptance forms that were sent to you with a copy of your 2015/2016 Federal Income Tax Return. If awarded, the scholarship will be deducted from your balance due.

SC Consortium for Gifted Education: The Melba McKenzie and LeAnn Crosby Summer Camp Scholarship

The Melba McKenzie and LeAnn Crosby Summer Scholarships were established by the South Carolina Consortium for Gifted Education (SCCGE) as a tribute to the spirit and perseverance of former educators who devoted their career to working with gifted and talented academic and artistic students in our state. 

This scholarship is provided for gifted students in public schools at the middle school level (current grades 6-8). The amount of the scholarship, not to exceed $750.00, is designed to cover or partially cover tuition to attend a summer program for academically or artistically gifted students. This scholarship may be used towards the Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series at the University of South Carolina.  

Follow these guidelines to complete an application for a scholarship to be used for the Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series:

  • Ask your guidance counselor or gifted teacher at your school, or ask your school district gifted and talented coordinator for an application for the Melba McKenzie and LeAnn Crosby Summer Camp scholarship. If your school or district does not have a copy of the application, please email SC Consortium for Gifted Education at info@scgifted.org
  • Complete an application for the Melba McKenzie and LeAnn Crosby Summer Camp Scholarship.  This includes a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or principal explaining why the student deserves the scholarship.
  • Complete a paper application for the Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series. Do not complete the payment section. Be sure to pick your course and registration type.
  • Submit and return both applications (The Melba McKenzie and LeAnn Crosby Summer Camp Scholarship and the Carolina Master Scholars Adventures application) to: 

                   -  Your Guidance Counselor or your School District Gifted and Talented Coordinator

                   -  If your district does not have a Gifted and Talented Coordinator, please contact the SC

                      Consortium for Gifted Education to make arrangements to return the application.

                    - Do not return the applications to  the USC Carolina Master Scholars Office.  They will not be accepted.

  • You will be contacted by SC Consortium for Gifted Education in regards to your application status.
  • The USC Carolina Master Scholars Office will only be notified when SCCGE makes their decision about the final awards.  USC will not know the status of your application.
  • Once SCCGE notifies our office, we will email you a set of additional acceptance forms to complete.
  • Learn more about this scholarship at SCCGE.

Other Fundraising Ideas

As a talented and gifted student, we know you are creative and resourceful.  If you don't qualify for one of these scholarships, don't be discouraged! Over the years, other students like you have found lots of ways to pay for camp.  Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Do your parents belong to a civic group, sorority or fraternity or other community group?  Ask them to sponsor you.
  • Belong to a church or other religious organization?  Ask them for support.
  • Ask your school or school district if they have additional funds to support your career aspirations or know of scholarships you could apply for.
  • Get a part-time job like babysitting to fund the camp.
  • Share your passion about the camp you want to attend and why with your mentors, family members and others close to you.  Brainstorm together ways to raise the money. 

As additional scholarship opportunities for the 2017 CMS Adventures Series become available, we will update this website so please check back regularly. 

If you or your business would like to get involved and sponsor the CMS Adventure Series, please email pups@mailbox.sc.edu or call 803-777-9444.