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Scholarships for Nonresidents

The University of South Carolina Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers a generous array of scholarships for non-S.C. resident freshmen.

Only one Admissions Merit Award per individual is allowed for nonresidents, with the exception of the Lieber Scholars Award, which can be added to any other award listed in this section.

Stamps Scholars Award*
McNair Scholars Award*
Horseshoe Scholars Award*


Stamps Scholars annual value: Up to $20,000 + tuition reduction + $10,000 enrichment fund
Four-year value: Up to $167,000

McNair Scholars annual value: $15,000 + tuition reduction

Four-year value with tuition reduction: More than $137,000

Horseshoe Scholars annual value: $11,000
Four-year value with tuition reduction: More than $121,000

The Top Scholars Awards are the most prestigious awards at the university. Approximately, 45 out-of-state students with strong academic records who are leaders in their high schools and communities will be invited to participate in an interview weekend.

Of these candidates, 20 will be named McNair Scholars and 20 will be named Horseshoe Scholars. Additionally, the top five candidates will be nominated as Stamps Scholars and will interview for the chance to receive an enrichment stipend to fund opportunities such as undergraduate research, study abroad, service projects or unpaid internships.

Candidates must participate in the entire weekend (March 3-5, 2018) in order to remain in consideration for these awards. Last year, out-of-state Top Scholars had an average SAT score of 1533 (ACT score of 34) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.74. Recipients of these awards qualify for the in-state tuition rate.

Please note: To apply for these scholarships, both an application for general university admission and a Top Scholars application must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. All students are encouraged to complete the general admissions application by October 15. A separate Honors College/Top Scholars application must be completed for Top Scholars award consideration no later than November 15.

Lieber Scholars Award

Annual value: Up to $6,000 + tuition reduction
Four-year value with tuition reduction: Up to $101,700

The university annually awards scholarships to National Merit Finalists and National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. The competition for these awards begins when you take the PSAT/NMSQT in your junior year of high school. To be eligible, National Merit Finalists must list the University of South Carolina as their first choice through the National Merit Corporation. The National Hispanic Recognition Program will send us the names of the scholars selected for that program. The Lieber Scholars Award is the only general university award that can be combined with another admissions-issued scholarship. Recipients of this award qualify for the in-state tuition rate if this is their sole award. If they receive two university-issued awards, they will receive only one instance of tuition reduction.

Please note that for most students, the total award amount includes a $500 National Merit Scholarship.

Alumni Scholars Award*

Annual value: $8,000 + tuition reduction
Four-year value with tuition reduction: more than $109,700

Sponsored by the Carolina Alumni Association, these awards signify outstanding achievement in academics, leadership, talent and service. In 2017, recipients of this award had an average SAT score of 1554 (ACT score of 34) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.92.

To apply for this award, you must submit both a USC application and a Top Scholars application supplement to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The deadline for the Top Scholars application is Nov. 15. Recipients of this award qualify for the in-state tuition rate.

Cooper Scholars Award*

Annual value: $4,000 + tuition reduction
Four-year value with tuition reduction: more than $93,700

In 2017, recipients of the Cooper Scholars Award had an average SAT score of 1512 (ACT score of 33) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.74. Recipients of this award qualify for the in-state tuition rate.

McKissick Scholars Award*

Annual value: $2,000 + tuition reduction
Four-year value with tuition reduction: more than $85,700

In 2017, recipients of the McKissick Scholars Award had an average SAT score of 1442 (ACT score of 31) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.54. Recipients of this award qualify for the in-state tuition rate.

Flinn Scholars Award*

Annual value: $500 + tuition reduction
Four-year value with tuition reduction: more than $79,700

In 2017, recipients of the Flinn Scholars Award had an average SAT score of 1391 (ACT score of 30) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.23. Recipients of this award qualify for the in-state tuition rate.

Woodrow Scholars Award*

Annual value: $500 + tuition reduction
Four-year value with tuition reduction: more than $57,500

In 2017, recipients of the Woodrow Scholars Award had an average SAT score of 1326 (ACT score of 28) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.26. Recipients of this award also receive a significant tuition reduction of nearly half of the out-of-state rate.

Sims Scholars Award*

Annual value: $500 + tuition reduction
Four-year value with tuition reduction: $37,800

In 2017, recipients of the Sims Scholars Award had an average SAT score 0f 1299 (ACT score of 28) and an average weighted high school GPA of 3.61. Recipients of this award also receive a significant tuition reduction. 

*May not be combined with any other General University scholarship offered by the USC Office of Undergraduate Admissions, except for Lieber Scholars Award.