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Honors College Peer Mentorship Program Builds Strong Relationships for Freshmen

Since 2017, the program has given freshmen the opportunity to connect with upperclassmen in hopes of having an easier adjustment to life here on campus.

Fort Mill senior wins first place in annual state writing contest

Kaylen Pritchard, a senior at Catawba Ridge High School, has won the ninth annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest hosted by the South Carolina Honors College.

Alumna’s passion for storytelling leads to prestigious fellowship

From growing up listening to NPR podcasts to now being an NPR Kroc Fellow, Honors alumna Taylor Jennings-Brown has turned her passion for storytelling into a career.

'My new queen': Miss Gamecock Pageant resumes after year-long pause

Honors student and Goldwater Scholar Felicia McGill is crowned the Miss Gamecock 2022 pageant-winner.

UofSC holds food drive to address community needs ahead of the holidays

Honors was one of many units, departments and organizations on campus that participated in the Gamecock Pantry Great Food Race! Honors successfully collected 676 items for donation.

No boxes for her

Honors first-generation student and Stamps Scholar Layne Scopano works hard to make sure that there are opportunities and options for all.

A Letter from the Dean

"Because of strong support of the university’s leadership, faculty members, friends and alumni, we have been able to grow our resources and continue to deliver an extraordinary educational opportunity." —Steve Lynn, Dean of the South Carolina Honors College

Born to teach

In a state where many teachers did not return to the classroom for the 2021-2022 school year, these SCHC educators found the strength to continue teaching and to push through obstacles.

Finding history in landscapes

Professor Kent Germany has made a name for himself in the Honors College as a favorite among students. In 2021 he was named the winner of the Michael A. Hill Professor of the Year award.

There's no place like home

Honors alumna Julye Johns Bailey, a recognized medical malpractice lawyer, credits her BARSC major for giving her a well-rounded college education and the courage to explore new things.

A Collection of Firsts

Honors student and Carolina Scholar Felicity Ropp may have been the first person in her family to attend college, but she will not be the last.

More Than Just A Creative Outlet

After becoming the lead student curator of the Honors College's Cultural Connoisseurs Initiative, junior Aidan Thomason reflects on her relationship with art.

Alumna’s passion for environment leads to career at EPA

Honors graduate and national fellowships recipient Hali Kerr joins the Environmental Protection Agency as an attorney-advisor. With this new role, Kerr hopes to have an impact on making our air cleaner.

President Biden Announces Key Regional Appointments for EPA, HHS, and USDA

Honors graduate Laurie Funderburk has been announced as President Biden's appointee for State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, South Carolina.

Mayor’s Fellow Program

We are excited to announce that Honors student Blakely Harden has been selected as a Mayors Fellow for the City of Columbia.

South Carolina Senior awarded Rotary Global Grant to Thailand

Honors College senior Clare Steiner has been named a recipient of the Rotary Global Grant to pursue graduate studies abroad in 2022-2023.

Verzyl Named to USA Diving Pan American Team

Honors college freshman, Sophie Verzyl, has been selected by USA Diving to compete in the UANA Junior Pan American Championships. Verzyl is one of four women who were selected to the A-group and one of 30 athletes who will be competing for Team USA.

Composer David “Clay” Mettens Wins Hermitage Prize

Honors alum, and accomplished composer, David "Clay" Mettens has won the 2021 Hermitage Prize in Composition. Clay's compositions have been performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, Washington National Opera, Spektral Quartet, and Ensemble Dal Niente, among others.

Freeman-ASIA Scholarship awards three UofSC students in 2021

Three University of South Carolina students, Madison Clark, Hannah Gardner and Chloe Penaflor, have been named 2021 Freeman-ASIA Scholars.

Former leader of Columbia’s Trustus Theatre assumes marketing role with SC Philharmonic

Honors graduate Chad Henderson will be beginning his journey as the new marketing and communications director for the South Carolina Philarmonic starting August 16th. With an impressive background in directing with the Trustus Theatre, we are excited to see him in this new role.

2021 Ginny Looney Servant Leader Award Recipient

Honors student Antonia Adams has been named the 2021 Ginny Looney Servant Leader Award Recipient. Antonia's service work has had a great impact throughout the entire South Carolina community.

Comics in the classroom

Honors professor Courtney Lewis has always wanted to teach a class about American Indian voices in pop culture. When the University Libraries acquired the Gary Lee Watson Comic Book Collection, she was able to do just that.

Poets&Quants Top 50 Undergraduate Professors Of 2020

Honors professor Daniel Ostergaard has been named one of Poets&Quants Top 50 Undergraduate Professors of 2020. After 2 decades of working in the public and private sectors, we are lucky to have him as a member of the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business.

‘The Queer Cookies Cookbook’ pairs poetry with recipes in a sweet celebration of community

Honors and Top Scholar graduate Tyler French is now the man behind 'The Queer Cookies Cookbook.' The book combines his two passions, poetry and cookies, in the most exciting way.

Honors College offers Semester at the Coast for students

The University of South Carolina Honors College will host a “Semester at the Coast” program for the first time in the Spring 2022 semester when 10 students with interests in science, the environment and health will be studying at the Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences.


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