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

"I have pursued community, inclusion, and justice outside of the classroom, which has helped deepen my compassion, open my mind to differences, recognize my place in a larger community context, and shape the direction I have for my life, said Brandon Byrd, a current junior and Carolina Scholar. So it would be no surprise that a defining moment in his time at UofSC would be Nikky Finney's course on the Black Arts Movement. Of course, book knowledge is not all it takes to be a scholar, as Byrd adds that being a scholar means excellence, even at your lowest; for one's true character is revealed at times of greatest hardship. 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.