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Fraternity and Sorority Life


Awards, Scholarships and Academic Support

Our Greeks achieve amazing results daily — as students in the classroom, as leaders in their chapters and on campus, and in service to others.

Awards

The Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards recognize both chapters and individuals for outstanding accomplishments over the past calendar year. Chapter Achievement Awards recognize chapters for basic achievements, while completing a packet for Chapter Excellence Awards puts the chapter in the running for the Chapter of the Year Award. Outstanding community members are also recognized in a variety of categories through the Individual Achievement Awards.

Deadline: January 31, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Living the Ritual Award

Nomination Form

Who to Nominate

Someone members look to for exemplifying their chapter's values and principles, as well as the values of the Greek community. The individual should challenge chapter and community members to uphold the same values. The nominee does not need to have held an office.

Greek Man/Woman of the Year

Nomination Form

Who to Nominate

Someone with strong personal character who is widely known and highly regarded in the Greek community. Someone who is a positive role model for outstanding and continued service to the Greek community through strong academics, significant campus and community participation.

Awards

One award will be given to a fraternity man and one will be given to a sorority woman. There is no chapter size distinction.

Outstanding New Member

Nomination Form

Who to Nominate

A fraternity or sorority member in their first year of membership who has shown great potential for future leadership through their contributions to their chapter, the Greek community and USC.

Outstanding Chapter President

Nomination Form

Who to Nominate

A fraternity or sorority chapter president who served during 2016 and demonstrates chapter leadership, motivational ability, strong character and high ideals. Someone who is a positive role model and who has made their chapter stronger since taking office.

Outstanding Chapter/Grad Advisor

Nomination Form

Who to Nominate

An outstanding chapter or grad advisor who has displayed dedication and hard work toward improving their chapter and the Greek community.

Outstanding Faculty Advisor

Nomination Form

Who to Nominate

An outstanding faculty advisor who has shown dedication and hard work toward improving their chapter and the Greek community, specifically in the areas of academic support and development.

Outstanding House Corporation Board Member

Nomination Form

Who to Nominate

A Greek House Corporation Board Member who has shown hard work and dedication toward improving their chapter and the Greek community.

Awards

Awards will be given to an outstanding fraternity and an outstanding sorority house corporation board member.

Outstanding Property Manager

Nomination Form

Who to Nominate

A Greek property manager who has shown dedication and hard work toward improving their chapter and the Greek community.

Awards

Awards will be given to an outstanding fraternity and an outstanding sorority property manager.

 

Scholarships

If you are a fraternity or sorority member in good standing, have maintained at least a 3.00 GPA and have met other scholarship-specific criteria, then you may be eligible to apply for one of three scholarships that are exclusive to the Greek community.

Fraternity Council Scholarship

Application

Deadline

January 31, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Who is eligible?

Fraternity members must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be in good standing with your fraternity and USC (not on any probation)
  2. Minimum 3.00 GPA
  3. Minimum 60 hours
  4. Must be a returning student for the following semester
  5. Demonstrated involvement and leadership at USC
  6. Demonstrated record of community service
  7. Be of good character
  8. Must show dedication to the ideals in the Carolinian Creed
Sorority Council Scholarship

Application

Deadline

January 31, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Who is eligible?

Sorority members must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be in good standing with your sorority and USC (not on any probation)
  2. Minimum 3.00 GPA
  3. Minimum 60 hours
  4. Must be a returning student for the following semester
  5. Demonstrated involvement and leadership at USC
  6. Demonstrated record of community service
  7. Be of good character
  8. Must show dedication to the ideals in the Carolinian Creed
Remembrance Fund/Silver Nickel Scholarship

Application

Deadline

January 31, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Who is eligible?

Annually the Remembrance Fund awards Silver Nickel scholarships to deserving fraternity men and sorority women.

Scholarship Criteria:

  1. Be in good standing with your fraternity/sorority and USC (not on any probation)
  2. Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA
  3. Must be a returning student for academic year 2018-2019
  4. Demonstrated significant contribution to the education of character within their chapter

 

Scholarship Initiatives and Academic Support

Sorority and fraternity members are connected to academic support services in order to enhance their scholastic achievement. Below are some of the academic initiatives Fraternity and Sorority Council as well as the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life have implemented to better support all students in our community, and to recognize students that are academically achieving at a high level.

Order of Omega – National Greek Leadership Honor Society

Open to new members each spring and fall semester. Students be a junior or senior with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher, be a member in a recognized fraternity or sorority, and have demonstrated leadership capabilities.

Academic Support at the University of South Carolina – FSL Partnership with Student Success Center

Help with Courses through the Student Success Center

All Student Success Center course-specific support is free to undergraduate students enrolled at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Course-specific support includes:

  • One-on-One, Drop-In, and Online Peer Tutoring
  • Supplemental Instruction
  • One-on-One and Drop-In Peer Writing & Communications Tutoring

Learn more about the Student Success Center online or call 803-777-1000 for more information about each course-specific support service.

Help with Study Skills & Help with Finances through the Student Success Center

The Student Success Center provides University of South Carolina-Columbia undergraduate students with free academic and financial support initiatives designed to help all students be successful in and outside of the classroom. Academic and financial support initiatives include:

  • Success Consultations – one-on-one meetings between trained Success Consultants and students to set goals, explore study and time management strategies, create action plans, and get connected to campus resources
  • Financial Consultations – one-on-one meetings between trained Success Consultants and students to discuss different financial concepts and tools for students to incorporate good financial practices into daily life
  • Academic and Financial Workshops

Learn more about the Student Success Center online or call 803-777-1000 for more information about academic and financial support initiatives, or to request a workshop for your chapter.

Support for Academically Struggling Chapters

Chapters below 2.75 GPA

As an effort to keep stress academics in the Fraternity and Sorority Community, all chapters should strive to be above the 2.75. For chapters that do not meet this standard, the percentage of the brotherhood whose GPA fell below 2.75 are required to attend an academic workshop. All chapters who fail to comply will be referred to conduct board. Chapters who find themselves below 2.75 two semesters in a row will be evaluated by the Sorority Council for academic improvements.

Chapters below 2.5 GPA

Chapters whose GPA falls below 2.5 will be put on social probation, which will result in revocation of voting privileges until improvement on a chapter level has been shown. Chapters Repeatedly under 2.5 three semesters in a row will be up for chapter review by Conduct Board.

Individual Academic Support

Individuals affiliated with member organizations under the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life’s GPA threshold will be mandated to attend a Success Consultation with a Student Success Center Success Consultant. During this one on one meeting, individual members and Success Consultants will together look at academic support and success strategies, talk about campus resources, and develop goals that will help each individual member be more successful.

Student Success Center Workshops

Academic or financial literacy workshops can be requested through the Student Success Center for individual chapters. View Student Success Center workshop topics, and request by clicking on “Request a workshop for your organization or residence hall.” Each workshop is 45 minutes – 1 hour in length, requires the full time, requires a moderator from the chapter to introduce the Student Success Center workshop facilitator and monitor attendees, and all attendees are expected to participate for the entire time.