University of South Carolina

Top Scholars

Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs

The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs (OFSP) was established in 1994 to provide innovative educational initiatives for exceptional students. OFSP is the home base for Carolina, Stamps Carolina, McNair, Hamilton, and Horseshoe Scholars. Top Scholars are provided advisement and support on a full and vibrant array of high-impact opportunities that distinguish them as the University’s top achievers.

The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs also oversees the application process for nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships, a natural fit for all Top Scholars. OFSP educates students on the application cycle for a variety of scholarships and supports students throughout their application process. Top Scholars receive holistic fellowships advising throughout their four years at Carolina.

To learn more about the OFSP, visit their website.

Students on the USC horseshoe

Calendar of Programs

Etiquette Dinner

Each semester, Scholars are provided a calendar of events to enrich their academic, professional, and extracurricular experience at Carolina. Freshmen and Sophomores are provided one-on-one holistic advisement sessions, while more attention is given to national fellowships advisement for Juniors and Seniors. Each Fall semester, Scholars are invited to Welcome Week activities and tailgates with the President. Spring dinners celebrating the Carolina and McNair donors are the highlight of the year. The Carolina and McNair Student Associations organize social events and service projects, as well as the Last Lecture Series, to build the Scholar community and let off a little steam. Students especially enjoy the Etiquette Dinner, which prepares students for the formal events they are invited to each year.

Faculty Mentors and Scholar Buddies

First Year Scholars Retreat

The First Year Scholars program is a unique offering for all of our incoming Top Scholars. Freshmen attend an orientation and ropes course retreat. Carolina and and McNair Scholars are paired with a Faculty mentor, while all freshmen are paired with an upperclassman Scholar Buddy who can answer questions and guide students throughout their time at Carolina. The Mentor and Buddy program is an invaluable resource for Top Scholars which frequently leads to research opportunities, internships, and often Faculty mentors serve four years later as directors for students’ Honors College Senior Theses.