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Jacob Palchak

Carolina Scholar

South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics
Hilton Head, S.C. 
Exercise Science

Getting involved with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students helped me realize there was more to life than money and jobs. My post-graduate plans are to help as many people as possible change their life as a missionary.

Jacob's headshot

Career plans: Starting this fall, I will be working as a full-time missionary with an organization called FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students). This summer, I will be assigned to a college campus in the U.S. where I will live and work with other FOCUS missionaries. As a missionary, I will be mentoring students, leading bible studies and planning social events. I plan to serve as a missionary for at least 2 years.

UofSC Story: Coming into UofSC, I thought I had a hold on life. Big scholarship, excelling academically and socially, involved in multiple clubs, big man on campus really. That was until I was invited to go to a national conference with the local church I had gotten involved with. We drove 9 hours all the way to Indianapolis for what I thought was going to be a mediocre church retreat. Much to my surprise, there were over 10,000 other catholic college students there. It was there, surrounded by thousands of other normal faithful people my age that I realized that there was something more to life.

Most impactful experience: One of the most impactful and transformative experiences was my study abroad trip to Peru. During my senior year, I traveled to Peru for two weeks and it was one of the best experiences of my life.  I saw amazing wonders such as Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca and found serenity throughout my trip. I was able to broaden my worldview and experience ways of living I never knew I could. I became more confident in myself and my abilities and formed meaningful relationships with my fellow travelers. 

Best part of the Top Scholars program: Not having to worry about tuition or student loans

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