University of South Carolina

Top Scholars

Top Scholars at USC

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.


Upcoming Deadlines

  • November 15, 2015
    South Carolina Honors College and Top Scholars Application Deadline

    Students who apply for Honors/Top Scholars by this deadline will qualify for an early answer in December. Read more here.
  • December 1, 2015
    Regular Application Deadline
  • December 14, 2015
    Early Answer Decision Week Begins
  • Late December - Mid-February
    South Carolina Honors College decisions released
  • February 1, 2016
    Credentials Deadline

Featured Scholar

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." Meet More Scholars


Top Scholars Annual Publication

Top Scholars is an annual publication from the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs that features the graduating seniors and highlights their accomplishments and plans for the future. Click to download 2014 edition of Top Scholars in PDF format.