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Capstone Scholars

Capstone Fellows

Capstone students who exceed expectations are eligible to become Fellows after their sophomore year, getting recognition and benefits they'll enjoy throughout their time at USC and beyond. 

Applying for Capstone Fellows

Current 2nd-year Capstone Scholars will be eligible to apply to become a Capstone Fellow starting in April 2023.


The Benefits of Being a Capstone Fellow

With this distinction, Fellows are able to:

  • Include a Capstone Fellow status on their college transcript. 
  • Continue to apply for travel, research and professional development grants through the Capstone Scholars Program.
  • Wear a Capstone Scholars Fellows honors stole at graduation.
  • Be recognized at our annual Capstone Fellows Celebration.
  • Become a part of an expanded professional network of Fellows.
  • Showcase your reflections through your Capstone Fellows ePortfolio and lay the groundwork for Graduation with Leadership Distinction


To join the ranks of the Capstone Scholars Fellows, you must satisfy the following criteria: 

  • Complete your Personal Challenge each semester.
  • Complete UNIV 101 (or other approved course) with at least a “B” during your first semester.
  • Attend at least one Capstone Scholars event per academic year (for students entering USC in Fall 22) 
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Be in good conduct standing with the University.

Complete at least one of the following core experiences:

  • Serve in a leadership position on campus which you applied for, were selected for, and/or elected into (at least one semester).
  • Participate in any credit-bearing study abroad experience that is approved by the University of South Carolina.
  • Conduct undergraduate research (at least one semester).
  • Get an internship, co-op or substantive work experience (12 weeks/ 240 hours or more).
  • Take a 3-credit hour service learning class.
  • Complete the eight-week Capstone Scholars Leadership Program

Reflect on your impactful within-the-classroom and beyond-the-classroom experiences as a Capstone Scholar through the creation of your Capstone Fellows ePortfolio. More information about the ePortfolio process can be found in the application.

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