What Are Top Scholars?
Distinguished by their extraordinary academic talent, exemplary character and remarkable leadership skills, Carolina and McNair Scholars are outstanding students whose ideas and abilities will shape the world of tomorrow. The Carolina Scholar and McNair Scholar Awards are the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships at the University of South Carolina, and our current and incoming Carolina and McNair Scholars represent the best our nation has to offer.
Rachel Despres is a Carolina Scholar and recent recipient of a Rotary Global Grant. She will travel to London this year to study at King's College.
"Four years ago, if you had told me that I would complete two majors and two minors with the help of USC advisers, I would have been dubious. If you told me that I would not only complete these degrees, but also climb the Great Wall of China, dance flamenco in Salamanca, Spain, or ride a double-decker bus through London, I would have called you crazy. But here I am, four years later, having done all these things and much more."