University of South Carolina

Financial Aid & Scholarships


Scholarships for South Carolina Residents

Stamps Carolina Scholars Award

Annual Value: $10,000
Enrichment fund: $8,000
Four-Year Value: $48,000

Carolina Scholars Award

Annual Value: $10,000
Four-Year Value: $40,000

Hamilton Scholars Award

Annual Value: $7,000
Four-Year Value: $28,000

The Stamps Carolina Scholars, Carolina Scholars and Hamilton Scholars Awards are the University of South Carolina’s most prestigious awards bestowed on South Carolina residents. If you have a strong academic record and are a leader in your high school and community, we encourage you to apply for the Top Scholars competition for these awards. Fifty scholar candidates are invited to participate in an interview weekend, after which 25 candidates are named Carolina Scholars and 25 are named Hamilton Scholars. Additionally, the top five candidates named as Carolina Scholars will be nominated as Stamps Carolina 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 (February 22-24, 2014) in order to remain in consideration for these awards. Last year, Carolina and Hamilton Scholars had an average SAT score of 1501 (ACT score of 33) and had an average weighted GPA of 4.95. To apply for this scholarship, both an application for general University admission and a scholarship application must be received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The postmark deadline for the applications is November 15.

Lieber Scholarship

Annual Value: Up to $10,000
Four-Year Value: Up to $40,000

The University annually awards scholarships to National Merit Finalists, National Achievement 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. The award is up to $10,000 per year and is renewable for up to three years as long as you maintain at least a "B" average. To be eligible, National Merit Finalist must list the University of South Carolina as their first choice through the National Merit Corporation. National Achievement Finalists must send a copy of the National Achievement Finalist certificate to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The National Hispanic Recognition Program will send us the names of the scholars selected for the program. No scholarship application is required.

Trustees' Endowment Scholars Award

Annual Value: $5,000
Four-Year Value: $20,000

You may receive this scholarship if you are an incoming freshman who is academically talented or who demonstrates financial need. The award is worth $ 5,000 per year and is renewable for up to three years as long as you maintain at least a "B" average. This scholarship is one of our most prestigious awards, and candidates typically present high SAT or ACT scores and achieve an excellent GPA. No scholarship application is required.

Valedictorian Scholars Award

Annual Value: $3,000
Four-Year Value: $12,000

If you are ranked first in your class at the end of your junior year or later, be sure your high school guidance counselor notes it on the guidance counselor evaluation form (part of your University application) and on your transcript as you may be eligible for the Valedictorian Scholars Award. The award is worth $3,000 per year and is renewable for up to three years as long as you maintain at least a "B" average. The award is offered automatically if you are ranked first in your class or named valedictorian. No scholarship application is required.

Dean's Leadership Scholarship

Annual Value: $3,000
Four-Year Value: $12,000

Freshmen recipients of the Dean's Leadership Scholarship generally present an average SAT score of 1384 on critical reading and math sections combined (or ACT composite of 31) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.54. Candidates are selected based on a strong academic curriculum, leadership, and community service. This award is worth $ 3,000 per year and is renewable for up to three years as long as you maintain at least a "B" average. No scholarship application is required.

University Scholars Award

Annual Value: $2,000
Four-Year Value: $8,000

Freshman recipients of the University Scholars Award generally present scores an average SAT score of 1298 on critical reading and math sections combined (or ACT composite score of 29) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.05. The award is worth $2,000 per year and is renewable for up to three years as long as you maintain at least a "B" average. No scholarship application is required.

Thornwell Scholars Award

Annual Value: $500
Four-Year Value: $2,000

Freshman recipients of the Thornwell Scholars Award generally present an average SAT score of 1223 on critical reading and math combined (or ACT composite score of 27) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.15. The award is worth $500 per year and is renewable for up to three years as long as you maintain at least a "B" average. No scholarship application is required.