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Addison wasted no time in becoming involved in campus life; she is a member of Freshman Council and a university ambassador.

A student must be accepted to the University of South Carolina Columbia as a first-time, full-time freshman for fall semester, be a first-generation college student (neither parent earned a four-year degree), and qualify for a Pell Grant and complete a federal financial-aid form (FAFSA) with a family income no greater than 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines, or approximately $33,000 for a family of four, to be eligible for the Gamecock Guarantee.

The amount of financial help that students receive through the Gamecock Guarantee, so that tuition and technology fees are covered, varies depending on other scholarships and grants each student may have earned. Regardless, all students receive a $2,500 award through the Gamecock Guarantee, which can be applied to expenses such as books or supplies if tuition and technology fee costs have been met by other scholarships and grants.

“Our goal is to limit or eliminate altogether educational debt for Gamecock Guarantee students and their families and create a college-going culture for all citizens of South Carolina,” said Verzyl.

South Carolina Honors College student Chadwick Devlin, a sophomore from Pendleton, sees the Gamecock Guarantee as the foundation for his future success as a lawyer.

“Without the Gamecock Guarantee and the financial resources it provides, I would not be able to reach my greatest potential,” said Devlin, a peer mentor who is majoring in criminology and criminal justice. “This program exemplifies how the University of South Carolina cares for the future. It is only moral that an individual should not be barred from higher education due to their financial circumstance.”

Verzyl said the university wants to raise awareness of the Gamecock Guarantee and donor support for it.

“An educated citizenry is vital to the health and economic future of South Carolina,” he said. “The Gamecock Guarantee is critical to making a quality education at the University of outh Carolina available to the state’s neediest students. Gamecock Guarantee was created with internal funding, but it is external funding from donors that will be the key to growing the program and helping more students.”

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