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Stamps Scholars Program

In 2013, the University of South Carolina welcomed the first class of Stamps Scholars – creating a partnership with the Strive Foundation to recruit, educate and celebrate the accomplishments of the nation’s most exceptional college students.

The Stamps Scholar Program at South Carolina  welcomes 10 undergraduate students annually to our historic Horseshoe for a well-rounded and engaging undergraduate education. These scholars, who exemplify leadership, service, scholarship, innovation, and character, are part of a larger Stamps network of more than 1000 current and graduate scholars around the world.


Stamps Scholars receive one of the most generous scholarship packages at the University, including:

An annual scholarship of up to $20,000 to be applied toward educational expenses that may include tuition and fees as well as the estimated cost of books, personal expenses, and transportation for up to four years of study as a full-time undergraduate student at the University.

A $10,000 enrichment fund that may be used at the discretion of each scholar for expenses including, but not limited to, study abroad, unpaid internships and research, leadership training, conference fees, and travel.

Admission into the top ranked South Carolina Honors College and membership in the Top Scholar community.

A comprehensive program and calendar of curricular and co-curricular activities including faculty mentorship, social activities, specialized communication, and access to high-impact opportunities.


The University of South Carolina’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions manages the selection of Stamps Scholars by identifying students from among the highest achieving applicants who completed the Honors College/Top Scholars supplemental application who demonstrate academic merit, strong leadership potential, and exceptional character. Complete information on the Top Scholars selection process, including the Stamps Scholarship, is available on the Top Scholars website

About the Strive Foundation

The Strive Foundation, founded by Penny and Roe Stamps, hosts the nationally prestigious merit Stamps Scholarship program and community that helps exceptional students become meaningful leaders throughout society.

The first Stamps Scholars programs launched in 2006 at the University of Michigan and Georgia Tech, and since then, the program has grown to nearly 40 schools across the country. In 2016, over 260 Stamps Scholarship recipients joined the community of more than 1000 Stamps Scholars.

For more information on the Strive Foundation, please visit

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