University of South Carolina

Financial Aid & Scholarships


Scholarships for Nonresidents

McNair Scholars Award

Annual Value: $15,000 + tuition reduction
Four-Year Value with Tuition Reduction: more than $128,600

Horseshoe Scholars Award

Annual Value: $11,000
Four-Year Value with Tuition Reduction: more than $112,600

The McNair and Horseshoe Scholars Awards are two of the most prestigious awards at the university. Forty out-of-state students with strong academic records who are leaders in their high schools and communities will be invited to participate in an interview weekend. Of these 40 candidates, half will be named McNair Scholars, and the other half will be named Horseshoe Scholars. Candidates must participate in the entire weekend (March 1-3, 2014) in order to remain in consideration for these awards. Last year, McNair and Horseshoe Scholars had an average SAT score of 1507 (ACT score of 34) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.60. Recipients of these awards qualify for the in-state tuition rate. To apply for this scholarship, both an application for general University admission and a scholarship application must be received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The postmark deadline for the applications is November 15. All nonresidents students receiving this scholarship receive significant tuition reduction by qualifying for the in-state tuition rate.

Lieber Scholarship

Annual Value: Up to $6,000
Four-Year Value: Up to $24,000

The University annually awards scholarships to National Merit Finalists, National Achievement Finalists, and National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. The competition for these awards begins when you take the PSAT/NMSQT in your junior year of high school. The award is up to $6,000 per year and is renewable for up to three years as long as you maintain at least a "B" average. To be eligible, National Merit Finalist must list the University of South Carolina as their first choice through the National Merit Corporation. National Achievement Finalists must send a copy of the National Achievement Finalist certificate to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The National Hispanic Recognition Program will send us the names of the scholars selected for the program. No scholarship application is required. All nonresidents students receiving this scholarship receive significant tuition reduction by qualifying for the in-state tuition rate.

Cooper Scholars Award

Annual Value: $4,000
Four-Year Value: $16,000

Freshman recipients of the Cooper Scholars award generally present an average SAT score of 1444 on critical reading and math sections combined (or ACT composite score of 33) and an average weighted GPA of 4.66. The award is worth $4,000 per year and is renewable for up to three years as long as you maintain at least a "B" average. No scholarship application is required. All nonresidents students receiving this scholarship receive significant tuition reduction by qualifying for the in-state tuition rate.

McKissick Scholars Award

Annual Value: $2,000
Four-Year Value: $8,000

Freshman recipients of the McKissick Scholars Award generally present an average SAT score of 1355 on critical reading and math sections combined (or ACT composite score of 30) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.31. The award is worth $2,000 per year and is renewable for up to three years as long as you maintain at least a "B" average. No scholarship application is required. All nonresidents students receiving this scholarship receive significant tuition reduction by qualifying for the in-state tuition rate.

Woodrow Scholars Award

Annual Value: $500
Four-Year Value: $2,000

Freshman recipients of the Woodrow Scholars Award generally present an average SAT score of 1278 on critical reading and math combined (or ACT composite score of 28) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.15. The award is worth $500 per year and is renewable for up to three years as long as you maintain at least a "B" average. No scholarship application is required. All nonresident students receiving this scholarship receive a reduced tuition benefit as well.

Sims Scholars Award

Annual Value: $500
Four-Year Value: $2,000

Freshman recipients of the Sims Scholars Award generally present an average SAT score of 1278 on critical reading and math combined (or ACT composite score of 28) and an average weighted high school GPA of 3.60. The award is worth $500 per year and is renewable for up to three years as long as you maintain at least a "B" average. No scholarship application is required. All nonresident students receiving this scholarship receive a reduced tuition benefit as well.