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Get to know OFSP students and alumni! We have several students who are either national fellowship winners or are Top Scholars documenting their experiences while traveling abroad on scholarship or while they are doing unique activities on campus through student blogs.
Visit this page to keep up to date on the latest news from OFSP and the many opportunities open to our amazing Carolina students.
A Blog with Insights and Advice from a National Fellowships Advisor
David Wolfer, is a Rotary Global Grant Scholar from 2015. He is currently studying Public Health at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
He spends his time in lectures theatres, exploring via bike, and hanging out with his host, an artistic octogenarian. He lives perpetually vacillating between logic and whimsy as a Southerner learning to not say sir and ma'am.
Hello! My name is Rachel Lunsford, and I am a junior at the University of South Carolina, double majoring in International Business and Finance and minoring in Spanish. I plan to obtain an MBA and attend Law School after graduation.
I hope to work in International Business, focusing on Latin America. I love traveling! This summer, I was selected to attend the Rotary International Convention in São Paulo, Brazil as the USC Rotaract Club Representative and have spent five weeks studying abroad in San José, Costa Rica.
Additionally, I am currently studying abroad at CUNEF (Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros) in Madrid, Spain I am actively involved in USC Student Government, a Peer Leader and Mentor for the USC Top Scholar Program, play the trumpet and sing in various USC choirs, and am involved in the College Ministry of First Baptist Church of Columbia, South Carolina, among other activities.
2015 Gilman Scholar
During the summer of 2015, Adrianna Bowman studied abroad in Chengdu, China as a Gilman Scholar and says “it changed my life.” Adrianna had never been abroad previously, nor had anyone in her family. In fact, Adrianna is a Gamecock Guarantee student and is the first in her family to attend a four year institution.
While in Chengdu, Adrianna was able to experience Chinese language and culture by taking immersive Chinese courses which allowed her to satisfy the Chinese proficiency requirements in the International Business major. Adrianna asserts “with China’s growing business influence and my desire for a career in international trade or finance, speaking Chinese will allow me to build connections with those who I work with”.
As a Fellowships Peer Mentor, Adrianna is happy to talk with her fellow students about the amazing opportunity she had as a Gilman Scholar. Peer Mentors are available for conversation via our "Coffee with a Peer Mentor" program, and also host Friday drop-in hours throughout the year in DeSaussure 322. Stop by to ask questions or just chat with students who have successfully gone before you on the national fellowship path. Visit our Fellowship Peer Mentors page to learn how to connect.
McNair Scholar, Scholars United Co-Chair
Brett is a big fan of all things South Carolina and Scholars United. He’s been pursuing a career in sports broadcasting for half of his life, so it didn’t take him long to feel at home in the SEC and to fall for the passion of Gamecock Nation. But his true home within USC is the Top Scholars community.
As Co-chair of Scholars United, he has had the opportunity to form strong relationships with many of his fellow scholars and to help enhance their college experience by planning and executing social, service-based, and professional community events. He says of his work with Scholars United, “I’m truly thankful to work with and for my scholar family. Certainly from a leadership standpoint, I’ve benefited a lot from helping develop the big-picture mission of our organization and working through the logistical details surrounding everything we do.”
Brett also serves as president of USC’s Student United Way chapter and is a regular contributor to Capital City Sports, the sports show at Student Gamecock Television. Visit the Scholar’s United page to see more about the leadership.
USC Student Profile
2016 Dept of Energy Computational Sciences Graduate Fellow
2015 Goldwater Scholar
2014 NOAA Hollings Scholar
SCHC Class of 2016
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