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Overview of Scholar Benefits

Choose a program below to see the full list of associated benefits:

Programs for South Carolina Residents

Programs for Out-of-State Residents

Scholar Benefits
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Stamps Carolina Scholar Benefits (for South Carolina students)

Stamps Carolina Scholars will receive all of the benefits of the Carolina Scholars (see below), and will receive an additional $8,000 to be used for enrichment opportunities during their undergraduate tenure. Students will extend their personal, academic, and professional development with the funding of additional high-impact activities. These funds will be approved on a case-by-case basis and awarded to students for opportunities such as undergraduate research, study abroad, service projects or trips, internships, and more.

Check out our academic profile for Stamps Carolina Scholar students.

Carolina Scholar Benefits (for South Carolina students)

  • Monetary Award: $10,000 per year
  • Choice of Laptop: Students receive their choice of a Mac or PC laptop.
  • First-Choice Parking: Beginning freshman year, students are able to purchase a parking space in a garage of their choice without being placed on the waiting list.
  • Communication: Students receive a weekly email with reminders of office-sponsored programs and deadlines, as well as opportunities and university announcements.
  • First Year Scholar Mentor and Scholar Buddy: Students are assigned a university faculty member within their major or other area of interest. Freshmen are also assigned an upperclassman to correspond with the summer before they begin college at USC.
  • First Year Scholar Programs: Orientation and Welcome Reception, day-long retreat, and two mentor gatherings each year.
  • Calendar of Programs: Fall event (dinner, reception, and/or cultural event); spring dinner with donors; and other programs planned as resources allow. Past years have included a cooking lesson with Ms. Moore-Pastides and an Etiquette Dinner.
  • Speaking Opportunities: When opportunities arise, students are often asked to attend special events where a student presence would be helpful; sometimes students are asked to speak about their university experience.
  • National Fellowships Advisement: Students interested in considering these competitions have full access to advisors over all four years.
  • Holistic Advising and Drop-In Hours: A staff advisor is available to discuss academic (but not course selection) and co-curricular plans all four years. First and second year students receive special invitations to initiate these connections. Drop-in hours are established to provide students weekly times when an advisor is available to chat on a drop-in basis.
  • True Scholar: A keepsake publication celebrating the accomplishments and future plans of the graduating senior scholar class.

Check out our academic profile for Carolina Scholar students.

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USC Scholars
USC Horseshoe

Hamilton Scholar Benefits (for South Carolina students)

  • Monetary Award: $7,000 per year
  • Choice of Laptop: Students receive their choice of a Mac or PC laptop.
  • First-Choice Parking: Beginning freshman year, students are able to purchase a parking space in a garage of their choice without being placed on the waiting list.
  • Communication: Students receive a weekly email with reminders of office-sponsored programs and deadlines, as well as opportunities and university announcements.
  • Scholar Buddy: Freshmen are assigned an upperclassman to correspond with the summer before they begin college at USC.
  • First Year Scholar Programs: Orientation and Welcome Reception, and day-long retreat.
  • Calendar of Programs: Fall event (luncheon, reception, and/or cultural event) with a distinguished host, as well as other programs planned as resources allow, such as an Etiquette Dinner.
  • Invitations to Special Events: Students are often invited to special events such as a tailgate with University President and First Lady, Dr. and Ms. Pastides.
  • Speaking Opportunities: When opportunities arise, students are often asked to attend special events where a student presence would be helpful; sometimes students are asked to speak about their university experience.
  • National Fellowships Advisement: Students interested in considering these competitions have full access to advisors over all four years.
  • Holistic Advising and Drop-In Hours: A staff advisor is available to discuss academic (but not course selection) and co-curricular plans all four years. First and second year students receive special invitations to initiate these connections. Drop-in hours are established to provide students weekly times when an advisor is available to chat on a drop-in basis.

Check out our academic profile for Hamilton Scholar students.

McNair Scholar Benefits (for out-of-state students)

  • Monetary Award: $15,000 + tuition reduction. The four-year value is more than $130,800.
  • Choice of Laptop: Students receive their choice of a Mac or PC laptop.
  • First-Choice Parking: Beginning freshman year, students are able to purchase a parking space in a garage of their choice without being placed on the waiting list.
  • Communication: Students receive a weekly email with reminders of office-sponsored programs and deadlines, as well as opportunities and university announcements.
  • First Year Scholar Mentor and Scholar Buddy: Students are assigned a university faculty member within their major or other area of interest. Freshmen are also assigned an upperclassman to correspond with the summer before they begin college at USC.
  • First Year Scholar Programs: Orientation and Welcome Reception, day-long retreat, and two mentor gatherings each year.
  • Calendar of Programs: Fall event (dinner, reception, and/or cultural event); spring dinner with donors; and other programs planned as resources allow. Past years have included a cooking lesson with Ms. Moore-Pastides and an Etiquette Dinner.
  • Invitations to Special Events: Students are often invited to special events such as a tailgate with University President and First Lady, Dr. and Ms. Pastides.
  • Speaking Opportunities: When opportunities arise, students are often asked to attend special events where a student presence would be helpful; sometimes students are asked to speak about their university experience.
  • National Fellowships Advisement: Students interested in considering these competitions have full access to advisors over all four years.
  • Holistic Advising and Drop-In Hours: A staff advisor is available to discuss academic (but not course selection) and co-curricular plans all four years. First and second year students receive special invitations to initiate these connections. Drop-in hours are established to provide students weekly times when an advisor is available to chat on a drop-in basis.
  • True Scholar: A keepsake publication celebrating the accomplishments and future plans of the graduating senior scholar class.

Check out our academic profile for McNair Scholar students.

Barnwell College
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USC Horseshoe

Horseshoe Scholar Benefits (for out-of-state students)

  • Monetary Award: $11,000 + tuition reduction. The four-year value is more than $114,800.
  • Choice of Laptop: Students receive their choice of a Mac or PC laptop.
  • First-Choice Parking: Beginning freshman year, students are able to purchase a parking space in a garage of their choice without being placed on the waiting list.
  • Communication: Students receive a weekly email with reminders of office-sponsored programs and deadlines, as well as opportunities and university announcements.
  • Scholar Buddy: Freshmen are assigned an upperclassman to correspond with the summer before they begin college at USC.
  • First Year Scholar Programs: Orientation and Welcome Reception, and day-long retreat.
  • Calendar of Programs: Fall event (luncheon, reception, and/or cultural event) with a distinguished host, as well as other programs planned as resources allow, such as an Etiquette Dinner.
  • Invitations to Special Events: Students are often invited to special events such as a tailgate with University President and First Lady, Dr. and Ms. Pastides.
  • Speaking Opportunities: When opportunities arise, students are often asked to attend special events where a student presence would be helpful; sometimes students are asked to speak about their university experience..
  • National Fellowships Advisement: Students interested in considering these competitions have full access to advisors over all four years.
  • Holistic Advising and Drop-In Hours: A staff advisor is available to discuss academic (but not course selection) and co-curricular plans all four years. First and second year students receive special invitations to initiate these connections. Drop-in hours are established to provide students weekly times when an advisor is available to chat on a drop-in basis.

Check out our academic profile for Horseshoe Scholar students.