Gamecock Guarantee covers tuition for state's neediest students
South Carolina Honors College student Chadwick Devlin, a sophomore from Pendleton, sees the Gamecock Guarantee as the foundation for his future success as a lawyer.
"Without the Gamecock Guarantee and the financial resources it provides, I would not be able to reach my greatest potential," said Devlin, a peer mentor who is majoring in criminology and criminal justice. "This program exemplifies how the University of South Carolina cares for the future. It is only moral that an individual should not be barred from higher education due to their financial circumstance."
Verzyl said the University wants to raise awareness of the Gamecock Guarantee and increase donor support for it.
"An educated citizenry is vital to the health and economic future of South Carolina," he said. "The Gamecock Guarantee is critical to making a quality education at the University of South Carolina available to the state's neediest students. Gamecock Guarantee was created with internal funding, but it is external funding from donors that will be the key to growing the program and helping more students."
To be eligible for the Gamecock Guarantee program in fall 2010, students must apply to the University of South Carolina by Dec. 1 and complete a federal financial aid form by Feb. 28.
To learn more about Gamecock Guarantee, go to www.sc.edu/guarantee or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 803-777-7700. To give financial support to Gamecock Guarantee, call the Office of Development at 803-777-4488.
"The University of South Carolina must be both accessible and affordable to meet the higher-education needs of South Carolina," Verzyl said. "The Gamecock Guarantee is the cornerstone for realizing that, and it is our promise of a brighter future for South Carolina's neediest students."