Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs

Scholar Programs

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“I felt the scholarship funding allowed me to explore more of what the University offered beyond the classroom and put me in touch with people who helped me have a full and vibrant experience while in school.”

The Office of Fellowships & Scholar Programs is the home base for Carolina, Stamps Carolina, McNair, Hamilton and Horseshoe Scholars. Here they are provided advisement and support on a full and vibrant array of high-impact opportunities that distinguish them in their pursuit of national fellowships, internship placements, acceptance to graduate schools, and employment. Our scholars view their funding as an opportunity, not simply a reward for academic achievement. And they are among some of the most giving, spirited and appreciative students at Carolina.

Jenni Knight, McNair Scholar senior from Virginia, majoring in Broadcast Journalism:

“As a broadcast journalism major, I've gotten to interview everyone from author Nicholas Sparks, ice cream legends Ben and Jerry, and former South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford through Student Gamecock Television.

I've gone to Germany and Austria for a Maymester class where we filmed and edited a project about German culture. I completed my Spanish minor in the lovely city of Granada, Spain. USC has opened so many doors for me, and therefore both my Gamecock pride and gratefulness have NO LIMITS!

Our scholars have no limits in pursuing their dreams.
  • In 2011, the second highest score on the Massachusetts CPA exam was achieved by a McNair Scholar.
  • Of the nine students currently enrolled in MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing, one is a Carolina Scholar.
  • Inside of 10 years, multiple scholars have attended five of the eight Ivy League universities.
  • Our scholar alumni flourish as musicians, scientists, playwrights, business executives, attorneys, and educators among other pursuits.


Upcoming Events

Fulbright Priority Campus Nomination Deadline
Friday, August 15 at 12 noon ET

Upperclassman Scholars Meeting
Tuesday, August 19 at 4:00 PM
Currell College Auditorium

First Year Scholars Orientation
Wednesday, August 20 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Inn at USC

First Year Scholars Retreat
Saturday, August 23 at 8:00 AM
Heathwood Hall PEAK Course

Fulbright Grant Workshop
Monday, August 25 at 4:00 p.m.
Gressette Room, 3rd floor Harper College

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