University of South Carolina

Financial Aid & Scholarships


Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

The Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program is a scholarship that is awarded to full-time students enrolled as medical students in the USC School of Medicine. Columbia campus recipients must demonstrate exceptional financial need and be from disadvantaged backgrounds. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Parental data may be required on the FAFSA to be considered for this program.

Students may be determined to be disadvantaged based on their economic background or based on coming from an environment that is considered to have inhibited their obtaining the knowledge and skills required to successfully graduate from medical school.

There is no service requirement nor is repayment required upon graduation.