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Top Scholar Benefits

Distinguished by their extraordinary academic talent, exemplary character and remarkable leadership skills, Stamps, Carolina, Hamilton, McNair and Horseshoe Scholars are outstanding students whose ideas and abilities will shape the world of tomorrow.

These awards are the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships at the University of South Carolina, and our current and incoming Top Scholars represent the best our nation has to offer.

All Top Scholars are guaranteed the following benefits:

  • Choice of Laptop: Students receive their choice of a Mac or PC laptop.
  • First-Choice Parking: Beginning freshman year, students are able to purchase a parking space in a garage of their choice without being placed on the waiting list.
  • Communication: Students receive a weekly email with reminders of office-sponsored programs and deadlines, as well as opportunities and university announcements.
  • Scholar Buddy: Freshmen are assigned an upperclassman to correspond with the summer before they begin college at USC.
  • First Year Scholar Programs: Orientation and Welcome Reception, and day-long retreat.
  • Calendar of Programs: Fall event (luncheon, reception, and/or cultural event) with a distinguished host, as well as other programs planned as resources allow, such as an Etiquette Dinner.
  • Invitations to Special Events: Students are often invited to special events such as a tailgate with University President and First Lady, Dr. and Ms. Pastides.
  • Speaking Opportunities: When opportunities arise, students are often asked to attend special events where a student presence would be helpful; sometimes students are asked to speak about their university experience.
  • National Fellowships Advisement: Students interested in considering these competitions have full access to advisors over all four years.
  • Holistic Advising and Drop-In Hours: A staff advisor is available to discuss academic (but not course selection) and co-curricular plans all four years. First and second-year students receive special invitations to initiate these connections. Drop-in hours are established to provide students weekly times when an advisor is available to chat on a drop-in basis.
  • Top Scholar: A keepsake publication celebrating the accomplishments and future plans of the graduating senior scholar class.

Choose a program below to see additional associated benefits:

Stamps Scholars

In-State Stamps Scholars

  • Monetary Award: Up to $20,000 per year + $10,000 one-time enrichment stipend to use for research, internships, study abroad, and more. The four-year value is up to $90,000.
  • First Year Scholar Mentor: Students are assigned a university faculty member within their major or another area of interest.
  • Calendar of Programs: Spring dinner with donors and other programs planned as resources allow.
  • Stamps Scholars National Convention: Stamps Scholars are invited to a biennial convention where they will meet other Stamps Scholars from more than 44 other institutions for a networking and enrichment experience.

Out-of-State Stamps Scholars

  • Monetary Award: Up to $20,000 + tuition reduction per year + $10,000 one-time enrichment stipend to use for research, internships, study abroad, and more. The four-year value is more than $167,000.
  • First Year Scholar Mentor: Students are assigned a university faculty member within their major or another area of interest.
  • Calendar of Programs: Spring dinner with donors and other programs planned as resources allow.
  • Stamps Scholars National Convention: Stamps Scholars are invited to a biennial convention where they will meet other Stamps Scholars from more than 44 other institutions for a networking and enrichment experience.

Please also review this brochure about the Stamps Scholarship.

Carolina Scholar
  • Monetary Award: $15,000 per year. The four-year value is $60,000.
  • First Year Scholar Mentor: Students are assigned a university faculty member within their major or another area of interest.
  • Calendar of Programs: Spring dinner with donors and other programs planned as resources allow.
Hamilton Scholar
  • Monetary Award: $10,000 per year. The four-year value is $40,000.
McNair Scholar
  • Monetary Award: $15,000 + tuition reduction per year. The four-year value is $135,000.
  • First Year Scholar Mentor: Students are assigned a university faculty member within their major or another area of interest.
  • Calendar of Programs: Spring dinner with donors and other programs planned as resources allow.

 

Horseshoe Scholar
  • Monetary Award: $11,000 + tuition reduction per year. The four-year value is more than $119,000.