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Undergraduate Scholarships

The School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment offers scholarships specific to academic majors housed within the school. You may apply for all SEOE scholarships using a single application. The exception is the GeoScholar Scholarship, which has its own application process.  

Download application for all SEOE scholarships (except GeoScholar and Pastides Sustainability Scholarship)

GeoScholar Scholarship Program

The GeoScholar Scholarship Program provides financial and academic support for underrepresented students who have demonstrated financial need and are pursuing undergraduate degrees in the geosciences at the University of South Carolina: Environmental Science, Geology, Geophysics, and Marine Science. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years and, in certain circumstances, you may be eligible for a fifth year of aid. 

 

Geology and Geophysics Scholarships and Awards

Stephen Taber Undergraduate Scholarship

The SEOE offers scholarships to selected majors in geological sciences and geophysics. The Stephen Taber Undergraduate Scholarships provide $500 per year plus a tuition reduction for out-of-state students, and can be renewed for up to four years for students who maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and remain undergraduate majors in geological sciences or geophysics. Both incoming students and current majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA are encouraged to apply; the application deadline for the academic year is April 1. 

Dr. Mack Gipson Scholarship

The SEOE offers a scholarship for students from groups traditionally under-represented in the geosciences. This departmental scholarship is awarded to eligible students with the goal of: 1) exposing, attracting, encouraging and assisting interested students in becoming geoscientists; 2) increasing representation of students from groups traditionally under-represented in the geosciences; and 3) increasing recruitment and retention of students from groups traditionally under-represented at the university, especially in the sciences. The Dr. Mack Gipson Scholarship provides $500 per year plus a tuition reduction for out-of-state students, and can be renewed for up to four years for students who maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and remain undergraduate majors in Geological Sciences or Geophysics. Both incoming students and current majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA are encouraged to apply; the application deadline for the academic year is April 1.

Joseph R. LeConte Outstanding Junior Award

The Joseph R. LeConte Outstanding Junior Award is presented to a junior in geological sciences or geophysics who has an outstanding academic record in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

Joseph R. LeConte Outstanding Senior Award

The Joseph R. LeConte Outstanding Senior Award is presented to a senior in geological sciences or geophysics who has an outstanding academic record in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

College of Arts & Sciences Rising Senior Award

The College of Arts & Sciences Rising Senior Award is presented each year to a rising senior with an outstanding academic record in all areas of achievement (including a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or higher).

The Distinguished Academic Achievement Award

This award is given on an occasional basis to students with senior standing in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment who have established a distinguished record of academic achievement.

 

Marine Sciences Scholarships and Awards

Between 10 and 15 scholarships are awarded each year to Marine Science undergraduates with outstanding academic achievement (including incoming Freshman). Out-of-state students who receive these scholarships may be eligible for a reduction in tuition if they meet a minimum weighted core GPA and standardized test score requirements set by the Office of Admissions. (Students who do not meet these minimum requirements will qualify for a tuition reduction in subsequent years if they maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.)

Academic Common Market

The SEOE participates in the Academic Common Market, a tuition-reduction program for college students. Students from Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia who plan to major in Marine Science may also be eligible. For more information, please visit Academic Common Market FAQ.

BJ and RJ Canine Scholarship Fund

One student is funded each year at $500, $250 persemester.

College of Arts and Sciences Marine Science Outstanding Rising Senior Award

This $500 award is given annually by the College of Science and Mathematics to a rising senior Marine Science major who has demonstrated excellence in Marine Science. Students are nominated with a letter written by a Marine Science Faculty member and submitted to the Undergraduate Director by February 1st of each year.

David Odom Scholarship

The David Odom Scholarship typically funds six undergraduate scholarships at $500 per year ($250 per semester).

Friends of the Baruch Institute

The Friends of the Baruch Institute typically fund five undergraduate scholarships at $500 per year ($250 per semester).

Outstanding Undergraduate in Marine Science Award

Each year, the SEOE awards $500 to the marine science student most recognized for outstanding academic performance, research participation and support of the marine science program through volunteer efforts. Students are nominated with a letter written by a SEOE faculty member and submitted to the Undergraduate Director by February 1st of each year.

Traci J. Heincelman Memorial Scholarship/Award

The Traci Heincelman Memorial Scholarship is given to a rising junior in marine science who best epitomizes the SEOE: academic excellence, research, and volunteerism. This $1000 award is given in memory of Traci Jeanne Heincelman, one of our outstanding marine science majors who died in a tragic automobile accident on the first day of spring break in 2002. A McNair Scholar in the Honors College, Traci was heavily involved in marine science activities and a campus leader. She spent a semester abroad in Australia, and returned to begin a master's degree in biology as she simultaneously finished her BS in marine science. Throughout all of this, she maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average, and had completed all of her coursework for the M.S. In her memory, her parents set up the Traci Jeanne Heincelman Memorial Scholarship. Since its inception, over $26,000 have been received in donations. Students are nominated with a letter written by a member of the SEOE faculty and submitted to the Undergraduate Director by February 1st of each year.


Non-Instutional Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded directly to a student by non-USC affiliates, businesses, organizations, groups, or individuals. We encourage our students to explore all of their scholarship and funding options. You can also consult the university's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

American Institute of Professional Geologists National Scholarship Program

The purpose of this award is to assist students with college education costs and to promote student participation in the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG).
Eligibility: Declared major in Geology or Geo-Science; sophomores or above; AIPG membership
Deadline: February

American Mineralogist Undergraduate Award

The Mineralogical Society of America's American Mineralogist Undergraduate (AMU) Award program recognizes outstanding students who have shown an interest and ability in the discipline of mineralogy.
Eligibility: departmental nomination (speak with your advisor or the Undergraduate Director)
Deadline: January and July

Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) Scholarships

The AEG offers a variety of scholarships, including one to offset the costs of field camp, to students interested in engineering geology, environmental geology and hydrogeology.
Eligibility: Student membership in the AEG
Deadline: February

American Geological Institute Minority Participation Program

The American Geosciences Institute has a limited number of scholarship programs that are directly offered. All AGI-related scholarships are restricted to U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents who are declared majors in recognized geoscience programs in the United States.