Gamecock Guarantee makes college accessible, affordable
A University of South Carolina program that covers tuition for its neediest in-state students is making college dreams a reality for more than 200 undergraduates in the program.
Established as the Gamecock Guarantee, the program is the only need-based scholarship plan of its kind in South Carolina. Two classes have been admitted since fall 2008. The program guarantees that students from the state’s lowest-income families and who meet the entrance requirements of the university will have their tuition and technology fees covered for four years of study.
“The Gamecock Guarantee is helping to remove the financial barriers that have kept many South Carolina students from being able to attend the University of South Carolina,” said Scott Verzyl, assistant vice provost for enrollment management. “The program enables students to earn a high-quality education and a degree from the state’s premiere research university regardless of their financial circumstance.”
A total of 211 students have enrolled at Carolina because of Gamecock Guarantee, which places students in one of three programs to ensure their academic success and adjustment to college life. The programs include the Opportunity Scholars Program, Capstone Scholars Program and the South Carolina Honors College.
Jordan Addison, a freshman and a graduate from Stratford High School in Goose Creek, said the Gamecock Guarantee has lifted financial burdens and allowed her to be a successful member of the campus community.
“When I think about the Gamecock Guarantee and the support that the Opportunity Scholars Program has provided for my first semester at USC, I feel blessed,” Addison said. “I have been brought into a community of loving and caring professors, advisers and fellow students. There is a sense of community and a common bond that have been created by all involved in this program. More than anything, I am thrilled that, because of this program, I do not have to add any financial or emotional burdens to my mother. I have not had to ask her once to help me out financially with anything regarding paying for school. It is such a relief to know that because of this program, I can continue my dream of being at the University of South Carolina and continue to make my mom proud by accomplishing all that she has ALWAYS told me that I could.”