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National Fellowships and Scholar Programs

Fall 2021 Calendar for Top Scholars

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Campus Resources to Investigate

  • Career Center – Opportunity Knocks Part-Time Job Fair, Gamecocks Get Hired Fairs.
  • Honors College Internships – for information and programs such as: the Washington Semester Program; SC
  • Semester Program; Perk up Your Network.
  • Leadership and Service Center – for Student Organization and Community Service Fairs, Voter Registration Drive,
    Homecoming and much more.
  • National Fellowships – half of NFSP is National Fellowships so check out national fellowships and scholarships.
  • Office of Undergraduate Research – for various programs including the Magellan Scholar Award.
  • Office of Pre-Professional Advising – for pre-health, pre-law and pre-med majors.
  • Honors College Undergraduate Research –SURF and Exploration Grants – Information Sessions and application deadline.
  • Office for Education Abroad - formerly Study Abroad – study abroad deadlines, study abroad fair, as well as the
    Passport Travel Grant deadline
  • Honors College Programming – click Honors College Events on the right for Family Weekend. Dates below for
    Convocation, Flotilla, Trivia, Bedtime Stories, and the Engagement Carnival.
  • Honors College Student Engagement – for information on how YOU can get involved.

Important University Dates to Note

  • Aug. 19 Classes begin.
  • Aug. 25 Last day to change/drop a course without a W.
  • Sept. 6 Labor Day, no classes.
  • Deadline Dec. graduation.
  • Oct. 7 and 8 Fall Break, no classes; University offices open.
  • Oct. 11 Midpoint in Semester.
  • Nov. 3 Last day to change/drop a course without a WF.
  • Nov. 24 to 28 Thanksgiving Recess, no classes. University offices closed 25-26. Dec. 3 Last Day of Class.
  • Dec. 4 Reading Day.
  • Dec. 6 through 13 Final Exams.
  • Dec. 13 Commencement Exercises.

University of South Carolina Welcome!

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Scholar Programs Advising or Application Dates

  • Top Scholar Touch Bases – Aug. 26 to Dec. 10.
  • Sophomore Strategy Sessions – Sept. 20 to Nov. 5.
  • Peer Leader and Transition Team applications close Oct. 27 with interviews the week of Nov. 1.

Scholar Program, Scholars United, and SCHC Event Dates

Date/Time Event Location Details
Tues., Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. Honors College Convocation Koger Center for the Arts.  
Tues., Aug. 17 at various times Introduction to National Fellowship Davis Room 209 Session times are: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Attend a session to learn more about national fellowships starting as early as your first year.
Wed., Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. Freshman Convocation Online on the New Student Convocation webpage  
Wed., Aug. 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Orientation for First Year Scholars Conference Center, Close-Hipp 8th Floor.  
Wed., Aug. 18 from 6:30 p.m Top Scholar Welcome Reception Outdoor garden of the Barringer House, located next door to Close-Hipp This is a reception for all Top Scholars to greet the new First-Year Scholars and Scholar Bigs must attend.
Thurs., Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. Upperclassman Scholars Meeting Russell House Theatre Join your scholar peers for our annual fall meeting for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Feel free to join us in person, or, online. Information about accessing the meeting online will be sent closer to the date.
Sat., Aug. 21 Honors College First-Year Flotilla For more information, visit the website.  
Mon., Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. Scholars United: Electing Freshman Representative TBA The Scholars United Executive Team (SUET) will meet with the freshman Top Scholars in order to inform them of the upcoming calendar and elect new SUET Freshman Representatives for both in and out-of-state. Contact: Kwame Kennedy, joakim@email.sc.edu.
Fri. Aug. 27 Scholars Scholars United: The Iron Curtain Exhibit  Columbia Museum of Art (CMA  CMA is offering an exhibit called “The Ironic Curtain: Art from the Soviet Underground.” Similar to the Van Gogh exhibit a few semesters ago, interested scholars will attend as a group. For more information, contact Isak Jatoi, joakim@email.sc.edu.
Tues., Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Honors Trivia Gressette Room, Harper College Third Floor  
Thurs., Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. Honors College Bedtime Stories RHUU Theatre  
Fri., Sept 10 from 2 - 4:30 p.m. SCHC Engagement Carnival RHUU Theatre  
Fri., Sept. 10 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m Enrichment Orientation: Carolina, McNair and Stamps Freshmen Lumpkin Auditorium, Close-Hipp Building Learn more about your scholarship’s enrichment fund and how to access it.
Sat., Sept. 11, time TBA Scholars United: Soda City Market Trip Soda City Market on Main Street Scholars will meet up to walk over to Soda City together. Meetup location and time is TBA. For more information, contact Emma Mason, egmason@email.sc.edu.
Sat., Sept. 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Year Scholars Retreat PEAK Course at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Retreat includes low ropes course, Alpine Tower, snacks, lunch, and meetings. Transition Team, Peer Leaders and FYS. Meeting times and transportation details for FYS will be announced closer to the date.
Tues., Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nibble and Scribble: Treats and writing donor thank you notes Gressette Room, Harper College Third Floor. Sponsored by the Honors College Development Office with support from NFSP.
Sept. 15 Final Deadline for students to apply for Fall Enrichment Funding    
Wed., Sept. 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nibble and Scribble: Treats and writing donor thank you notes Russell House 322 Sponsored by the Honors College Development Office with support from NFSP.
Thurs., Sept. 16 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Carolina, McNair and Stamps Freshman Scholars & Mentors Reception  Ballroom A, Russell House Carolina, McNair and Stamps Scholar freshmen will meet, or meet up with, their faculty mentors for food and conversation.
Fri., Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. Stamps Scholars Welcome and Orientation Spigner House, 915 Gregg Street Stamps Scholars are invited for a welcome reception and introduction to NFSP. Details will be emailed.
Mon., Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. Last Lecture. Speaker and department to be announced Russell House Theatre, hybrid Sponsored by Scholars United. Contact Karthik Rangavajhula, karthikr@email.sc.edu for details.
Tues., Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Etiquette Dinner Campus Room, Capstone first floor Join your peers at a formal dinner with a casual twist: etiquette lessons while you dine. Facilitated by Georgia Doran, a certified expert in Business Etiquette and International Protocol from the Protocol School of Washington. To date, she has worked with over 5000 people in this area. Scholars who have not attended a dinner in the past have first priority to attend. Invitations will be emailed.
Fri., Sept. 24 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Family Weekend Gressette Room, Harper College

For more information, visit »  More information about Family Weekend in the coming weeks.

Sat., Sept. 25, time TBA Scholars United Virtual Scholar Research Q&A Gather.town

Individual presentation day where younger scholars can learn about research involvement from older scholars, even from scholars who may not have a formal presentation or results ready but are willing to answer questions about their work and involvement. For more information, contact Kate Murphy, cathrynm@email.sc.edu.

Sun., Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to Noon Scholars United: Headshots on the Horseshoe UofSC Horseshoe

One of the best ways to enhance your LinkedIn or personal website is to have a professional headshot. Join us for free (!!) headshots with one of the most gorgeous backdrops in all of South Carolina. Dress code is business casual to business professional attire. Date and time are weather dependent. Contact: Kwame Kennedy, joakim@email.sc.edu.

Mon., Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Horseshoe Tour with Elizabeth West UofSC Horseshoe

Horseshoe Tour with Elizabeth West. Enjoy a walking tour on the Historic Horseshoe lead by University Historian and Archivist Elizabeth West. We will meet in front of the South Caroliniana Library a few minutes before 11:30 a.m. Contact Tim Smith for more information: timsmith@sc.edu.

Wed., Sept. 29 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Field Trip to Hollings Library

Thomas Cooper Library

Enjoy a tour of the Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections, South Carolina Political Collections, and Digital Collections. Our tour will be led by Carolina Scholar alumna Jeanne Britton, curator of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Britton is also an adjunct faculty member in English.

Sun., Oct. 10, time TBA

Scholars United Scholar Salon

TBA

Scholars can apply/sign up to present an idea that they know a lot about, practice oratory and presenting skills, develop nuanced concepts. Time will be announced. For more information, contact Kate Murphy, cathrynm@email.sc.edu.

Tues., Oct. 12, time TBA

Field Trip to the Leadership and Service Center

Russell House

Learn more about campus involvement and student life in a quick trip over to the LSC.

Fri., Oct. 15, time TBA

Scholars United Scholar Salon

TBA

Scholars can apply/sign up to present an idea that they know a lot about, practice oratory and presenting skills, develop nuanced concepts. Time will be announced. For more information, contact Kate Murphy, cathrynm@email.sc.edu.

Fri., Oct. 15 - Sat., Oct. 23

Scholars United attends Rumors by UofSC Department of Theatre and Dance

Drayton Hall Theatre.

Date and time will be chosen in the coming weeks. A comedy performed by UofSC theater students, written by legendary playwright Neil Simon. A date and time will be shared closer to the time. For more information, contact Michael Gallagher, mag9@email.sc.edu or Em Lamb, ejlamb@email.sc.edu.

Tues., Oct. 19 at 12 p.m.

Food for Thought for Sophomores and Seniors

Russell House Ballroom

Scholar Programs is presenting an opportunity to spend time with Scholars from other classes. Join members of the sophomore and senior classes for a meal and an opportunity to hear University Associate Vice President of Student Life, Anna Edwards as she talks about the Student Life experience at UofSC and why it all matters! Details and information on signing up to attend this luncheon, or the Freshman – Junior Luncheon on Nov. 17 will be coming to your inbox.

Sat., Oct. 23

Scholar Scavenger Hunt

UofSC Horseshoe

FYS Transition Team hosts a scavenger hunt for freshmen to connect with the scholar community. Upperclassmen will be able to sign up to participate. Details and sign up will be sent to your inbox.

Mon., Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

Last Lecture

Online

Speaker and department to be announced. Sponsored by Scholars United. Contact Karthik Rangavajhula, karthikr@email.sc.edu for details.

Wed., Oct. 27 

Scholars United Study Pods

Cool Beans

Tab for scholars to come during a certain time, mingle, and have study buddies. Optional concept of signing up for “study pods” so you know other scholars are planning on being there when you go. For more information, contact Kate Murphy, cathrynm@email.sc.edu.

Thurs., Nov. 4 or Fri., Nov. 5

Scholars United attends UofSC Dance company fall performance

Drayton Hall Theatre

UofSC dance students perform pieces choreographed by UofSC dance faculty in their end- of-semester performance. For more information, contact Michael Gallagher, mag9@email.sc.edu or Em Lamb, ejlamb@email.sc.edu.

Mon., Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.

Top Scholars Fall Dinner

Russell House Ballroom

This event welcomes our new scholars, the Class of 2025, and gives scholars a chance to reconnect. All Top Scholars are invited. Invitations will be mailed, and RSVPs required.

Thurs., Nov. 11, time TBA

Scholars United Scholar Salon

TBA

Scholars can apply/sign up to present an idea that they know a lot about, practice oratory and presenting skills, develop nuanced concepts. Time will be announced. For more information, contact Kate Murphy, cathrynm@email.sc.edu.

Nov. 15

Final Deadline for students to apply for Winter Enrichment Funding

 

 

Mon., Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. 

Last Lecture. Speaker and department to be announced

Russell HouseTheatre, hybrid

Sponsored by Scholars United. Contact McKenzie Jones, mej17@email.sc.edu for details.

Wed., Nov. 17 at 12 p.m.

Food for Thought for Freshmen and Juniors

Carolina Room, Capstone House

Scholar Programs is presenting an opportunity to spend time with Scholars from other classes. Join members of the freshmen and junior classes for a meal and an opportunity to hear Marguerite O’Brien as she talks about life lessons in wellness. O’Brien is the Director of Wellness, Prevention and Advocacy Services. Details and information on signing up to attend this luncheon, or the Sophomore-Senior Luncheon on Oct. 19 will be coming to your inbox.

Fri., Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Last Day of Class (LDOC) and Exam-Breaker Drop In

HRH or Gressette

 


Look out for information on these additional Scholar United Events with dates and times to be announced

  • Lights Before Christmas. Location: Riverbanks Zoo. Evening at Riverbanks Zoo to see their famous Lights before Christmas; alternatively, regular Zoo trip on another day earlier in the semester prior to Lights before Christmas. Date will be announced later, and the contact is Isak Jatoi, ijatoi@email.sc.edu
  • Scholar Hiking Trip. Location: Congaree National Park. Hike followed by a picnic. Details forthcoming and the contact is Emma Mason, egmason@email.sc.edu.

Upcoming enrichment deadlines for those scholars with funding

  • February 15 – Final Deadline for students to apply for Spring Enrichment Funding
  • March 15 – Final Deadline for students to apply for Summer Enrichment Funding
  • April 15 - Final Deadline for students to apply for Summer Enrichment Funding (to use after June 1)

Scholars United Enrichment Team

IS – In-State and OOS – Out of State

Co-Executive Chairs
IS: Joakim Kennedy and OOS: Lana Sukkar

Columbia Engagement
IS: Isak Jatoi and OOS: Emma Mason

UofSC Engagement
IS: Michael Gallagher and OOS: Zenith Em Lamb

Scholar Engagement
Kate Murphy

Secretary/Marketing Chair
Kavya Patchipulusu

Additional Leadership

Last Lecture Coordinators
Scottie Greene, Karthik Rangavajhula, Stella Strength

Relay for Life Coordinator
Merideth Tallon


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