2017-2018 Academic Year
The application deadline for all scholarships has passed and applications are closed.
The USC College of Education offers a variety of awards, scholarships, and fellowships.
Applications are evaluated on the basis of specific selection criteria by members
of the College of Education Student Affairs Committee or by specific departments.
Scholarship and fellowship applications will be evaluated in the spring 2017 semester
for award in the fall 2017/spring 2018 semesters (with the exception of the Physical
Education departmental scholarships which will be reviewed in fall 2016 and awarded
in spring 2017).
Awards will be split equally between the fall and spring semesters, unless you are graduating in December 2017. You are responsible for committing award monies through Self Service Carolina and, unless otherwise stipulated, must be enrolled as a full-time student in the College of Education program as indicated on your application at the time of the award, fellowship, and/or scholarship. Monies are distributed towards tuition.
Criteria for the scholarships and fellowships are described at the links below. Apply only for scholarships for which you meet the criteria. Your application will not be considered if you do not meet the criteria. If you are enrolled in an initial teacher certification program, check the "Instruction and Teacher Education" and "College-Wide Scholarships" links.
- College-Wide Scholarships (Available to Multiple or all Majors) [pdf]
- Educational Leadership & Policies [pdf]
- Educational Studies [pdf]
- Instruction & Teacher Education [pdf]
- Physical Education [pdf]
Awards for New Freshmen
If you will be a new freshman in the Fall 2017, you are eligible to apply to any scholarship listed above for which you meet the criteria. Additionally, you should consider the following options. The deadlines for these three scholarships have been extended to April 7:
Sue Clark “Inspired by Education” Scholarship - This award is provided to incoming freshmen who are pursuing a degree in the Teacher Education Program. Preference is given to student(s) from Clarendon County. Second preference is to a student(s) based on financial need.
Lorin W. Anderson Award for First Generation College Students - This award is to provide financial support for first generation college students (neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree) who aspire to become teachers; and to create a network of students (current and prior award recipients) who are able and willing to provide academic, social, and emotional support for first generation college students throughout their college experience and beyond. Each awardee will receive an award during his or her freshman year and during his or her sophomore year (provided the awardee meets the sophomore criteria).
Turybury Family Scholarship Fund - This award is to provide financial support for students who come from rural areas with demonstrated financial need and who aspire to become teachers; second, must maintain a 3.0 GPA; third, the student seeks to be involved on-campus in extracurricular activities. Each awardee will receive an award during his or her freshman year and is renewable for all four years provided the awardee meets the scholarship criteria. Preference will be made to freshmen; however these awards are based upon qualifications/need and can be awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior.
Student Teaching Awards
In addition to the scholarships in the PDFs linked above, if you are currently enrolled in an initial teacher preparation program and will be doing your final student teaching/internship in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018, consider applying for these scholarships.
Peabody Scholarship - Undergraduate or Graduate Student -This award is provided to a Student Intern(s) or Student Teacher(s) in any Initial Teacher Licensure Program. Awards are issued for the actual semester in which the student(s) is completing student teaching/internship. Students must apply for the semester they anticipate completing Internship B, Internship II, or Directed (Student) Teaching.
Laura Muller Thomas Student Teacher Award - Undergraduate or Graduate Student - This award is provided to prospective teachers in or approaching the critical phase of teacher training commonly known as “student-teaching.” Awards will be given to students from Fairfield County or students teaching in Fairfield County. Academic performance and financial need is the primary criteria. Students awarded this scholarship will need permission from their program faculty before accepting the award and before a student teaching placement in Fairfield County will be made.
Access Community Fund (I-95) - Undergraduate or Graduate Student - This award is provided to student teacher(s) who will be placed in South Carolina schools in counties along the I-95 Corridor. Student teaching must be completed in one of these counties: Bamberg, Beaufort, Calhoun, Claredon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg. Students awarded this scholarship will need permission from their program faculty before accepting the award and before a student teaching placement can be made in one of these counties.
AACTE Holmes Awards for Underrepresented Minority Students
The awards listed here do not follow the same application process as the others listed on this page.
AACTE Holmes Honors for Undergraduate Students- The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Holmes Honors Program supports students from historically underrepresented groups pursuing a bachelor’s degree. These individuals may be nominated during their freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year and begin their Holmes Honors status at any point they are fully enrolled in an education program.
Expectations for Holmes Honors Students are that they must be a member of a group historically underrepresented in the teacher and school leader workforce, education professoriate, or education research field (especially racial, linguistic, and ethnic minorities, and people with exceptionalities).
Demonstrate a commitment to equity and diversity and agree to participate in school-university- community collaborative partnership arrangements for research, service, or advocacy activities;
Participate in and present at the AACTE Annual Meeting, each year they are in the program;
Participate at least once in the AACTE Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute and AACTE Day on the Hill.
Propose and implement a project that relates to or forwards the goals of AACTE and authentically engages the student in advocacy, policy, service, or research that furthers high-quality and equitable educator preparation and a scholarship is provided.
Please send the following to Margo Jackson at Loganmn@mailbox.sc.edu:
A 500-word statement indicating a strong commitment to education practice and improvement and their research agenda regarding equity and stating why the Holmes Scholar designation is an aspiration for you.
A letter of nomination from a faculty member
Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. March 27, 2017.
AACTE Holmes Scholars for Doctoral Students -The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Holmes Scholars Program supports students from historically underrepresented communities enrolled in doctoral programs in education.
Expectations for AACTE Holmes Scholars are that they will serve a 3-year term. Candidates must be full-time doctoral students enrolled in a degree program. Holmes Scholars are required to submit proposals to present their research at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting each year they are in the program and to participate at least once in the AACTE Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute and AACTE Day on the Hill.
In addition, Holmes Scholars must:
Participate in at least one other education conference, such as that of the American Educational Research Association, the Association of Teacher Educators, or another organization within their discipline;
Propose and implement a project that relates to or forwards the goals of AACTE and that authentically engages them in advocacy, policy, service, or research work that furthers high-quality and equitable educator preparation;
Participate in activities and meetings sponsored by the National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni during their final year in the Holmes Scholars Program (some of which occur at the AACTE Annual Meeting).
The College of Education will provide full financial support to attend the AACTE Annual meeting, full financial support to attend one meeting of the Holmes Scholars Summer Policy Institute and an assistantship award (which includes 10 hours of graduate assistant work each week) is provided.
Please send the following to Margo Jackson at Loganmn@mailbox.sc.edu:
A statement (500 words) indicating a strong commitment to education practice and improvement and their research agenda regarding equity and stating why the Holmes Scholar designation is an aspiration for you.
Two letters of nomination from a faculty member.
Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. March 27, 2017.
Noyce Scholarships for Secondary Science and Mathematics Education
The Noyce Scholarships do not follow the same application process as the others listed on this page.
The application deadline for the Noyce Scholarships is Monday, April 24, 2017.
The University of South Carolina's Noyce Scholarships help academically qualified students with financial need complete a bachelor's degree and Master of Teaching/Master of Arts in Teaching (MT/MAT) certification program. Faculty from the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences are collaborating in an effort to increase the number of highly qualified science and mathematics teachers in South Carolina through a scholarship-based program (also known as USC-SMTI) that enables academically qualified students to complete a bachelor's degree in mathematics, science, or engineering and a one-year Master of Teaching (MT) certification program.
This scholarship funds juniors, seniors, MT students and second year MAT science and mathematics students.
If you qualify, you may be awarded up to $11,500 per year to complete a bachelor's degree and an MT/MAT degree program.
Besides your regular coursework, if you qualify you will participate in a special seminar program to help build and support your subject matter content knowledge and teaching skills.
You apply in the last semester of your sophomore year (or possibly junior) year or at the end of your first year in the MAT science/math program.
You must teach high school science or mathematics in a high-need school district for 2 years for each year of Noyce scholarship you receive.
Application Requirements and Procedures
To apply for the AACTE Holmes Awards or Noyce Scholarships for Secondary Science and Mathematics Education, please see above for instructions and deadlines. For all other awards, follow the instructions below.
Carefully read all the information below before proceeding to the application. You should have the following before you start your online application:
- Statement of Intent: Complete a statement of intent (2,500 character limit), stating your professional goals and interests. Include how earning your degree will help you reach your goals and how receiving a scholarship will assist you in your endeavors. You will be asked to type or paste this into your application.
- Resume: You will need to attach a .pdf of your resume.
- Copy of transcript: Obtain a copy of your college transcript. An unofficial copy is acceptable for this process. For current USC students, here are instructions for
getting a copy of your transcript:
How to get an unofficial copy of your transcript:
Sign into Self Service Carolina.
Click on the "Student" tab.
Click on "Student Records."
Click on "Academic Transcript."
Click on Submit to view your transcript.
Create a pdf copy of your transcript. See PDF printing instructions below.
- Recommendations: Obtain two letters of recommendation (USC faculty preferred) that address your qualifications academically and professionally. (High school applicants may submit recommendations from teachers.) You will be asked to attach a pdf of your recommendations.
- Supporting Document: You will have the option to attach an additional supporting document in pdf format that may assist the committee in making its decision.
All materials must be submitted electronically before 5 p.m. on the date of the deadline.
You should be prepared to complete and attach all documents before proceeding to the application. You will not be able to save your application as you work through it. Be sure to have all information you need before you begin. Once you enter the application site, you will be prompted to select the scholarship for which you are applying. Submit a new application for each scholarship that you wish to apply for.
NOTE: PDF printing functionality is built into Mac OS printing options, and you should
be able to choose "Save as PDF" in Word on Windows. If neither of those options are
available, Windows users can view download/installation instructions [pdf] for a free PDF writer.
If you have any questions during the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.