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Fraternity and Sorority Life


Awards, Scholarships and Academic Support

Our fraternity and sorority members achieve amazing results daily — as students in the classroom, as leaders in their chapters and on campus, and in service to others.

Awards

The Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards recognize both chapters and individuals for outstanding accomplishments over the past calendar year. Completing a Chapter Awards packet puts the chapter in the running for the Chapter of the Year Award.

Outstanding community members are also recognized in a variety of categories through the Individual Achievement Awards.

All individual and chapter award submissions are due by Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Jerry T. Brewer Living the Ritual Award

Who to Nominate

Someone members look to for exemplifying their chapter's values and principles, as well as the values of the Greek community. The individual should challenge chapter and community members to uphold the same values. The nominee does not need to have held an office.

2018 Winner

Mary Helen Caldwell, Pi Beta Phi

2017 Winners

Nick Boleto, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Jerica Knox, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Haley Weston, Alpha Chi Omega

Greek Man/Woman of the Year

Who to Nominate

Someone with strong personal character who is widely known and highly regarded in the Greek community. Someone who is a positive role model for outstanding and continued service to the Greek community through strong academics, significant campus and community participation. One award will be given to a fraternity man and one will be given to a sorority woman.

 

2018 Winners

Kendall Brogdon, Chi Omega
Rodrick Williams, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

2017 Winners

Kennedy Hayes, Alpha Delta Pi, and Carrington Murray, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Outstanding New Member

Who to Nominate

A fraternity or sorority member in their first year of membership who has shown great potential for future leadership through their contributions to their chapter, the Greek community and USC.

2018 Winner

Sarah Louise Rhodes, Alpha Delta Pi

2017 Winners

Ellie Hall, Kappa Delta, Justin Reed, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Alexis Free-Jenkins, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Outstanding Chapter President

Who to Nominate

A fraternity or sorority chapter president who served during 2018 and demonstrates chapter leadership, motivational ability, strong character and high ideals. Someone who is a positive role model and who has made their chapter stronger since taking office.

2018 Winner

Courtney Hogan, Pi Beta Phi

2017 Winners

Artem Arefyev, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc., Emily Bordiuk, Phi Mu, and Albert Burrow, Pi Kappa Alpha

Outstanding Chapters of the Year

Chapter of the Year awards are based off of each chapter’s awards packet submission. These chapters embody the four pillars of Service, Scholarship, Leadership and Friendship within our fraternal community. There is no additional nomination required.

2018 Winners

Pi Beta Phi (CPA), Lambda Chi Alpha (IFC), Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. (MGC), and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (NPHC)

2017 Winners

Kappa Kappa Gamma (CPA), Theta Chi (IFC), Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. (MGC), and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (NPHC) 

Outstanding Chapter/Grad Advisor

Who to Nominate

An outstanding chapter or grad advisor who has displayed dedication and hard work toward improving their chapter and the Greek community.

2018 Winner

Shickre Sabbagha, Theta Chi

2017 Winner

Laura Fowler, Chi Omega

Outstanding Faculty Advisor

Who to Nominate

An outstanding faculty advisor who has shown dedication and hard work toward improving their chapter and the Greek community, specifically in the areas of academic support and development.

2018 Winner

Dr. Benjamin Roth, Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.

2017 Winner

Courtney Worsham, Chi Omega

Outstanding House Corporation Board Member

Who to Nominate

A fraternity or sorority House Corporation Board Member who has shown hard work and dedication toward improving their chapter and the Greek community.

 

2018 Winner

Randi Lynn Roberts, Chi Omega

2017 Winner

Nina Myrick, Kappa Kappa Gamma

Outstanding Property Manager

Who to Nominate

A fraternity or sorority property manager who has shown dedication and hard work toward improving their chapter and the Greek community.

 

2018 Winner

Samantha Spellman, Kappa Kappa Gamma

2017 Winner

Jon Sellers, Kappa Alpha Order

 

Scholarships

If you are a fraternity or sorority member in good standing, have maintained at least a 3.00 GPA and have met other scholarship-specific criteria, then you may be eligible to apply for one of three scholarships that are exclusive to the Greek community. Scholarship applications are typically opened mid-fall semester.

Fraternity Council Scholarship

Deadline

Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Who is eligible?

Fraternity members must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be in good standing with your fraternity and USC (not on any probation)
  2. Minimum 3.00 GPA
  3. Minimum 60 hours
  4. Must be a returning student for the following semester
  5. Demonstrated involvement and leadership at USC
  6. Demonstrated record of community service
  7. Be of good character
  8. Must show dedication to the ideals in the Carolinian Creed
Sorority Council Scholarship

Deadline

Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Who is eligible?

Sorority members must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be in good standing with your sorority and USC (not on any probation)
  2. Minimum 3.00 GPA
  3. Minimum 60 hours
  4. Must be a returning student for the following semester
  5. Demonstrated involvement and leadership at USC
  6. Demonstrated record of community service
  7. Be of good character
  8. Must show dedication to the ideals in the Carolinian Creed
Remembrance Fund/Silver Nickel Scholarship

Deadline

Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Who is eligible?

Annually the Remembrance Fund awards Silver Nickel scholarships to deserving fraternity men and sorority women.

Scholarship Criteria:

  1. Be in good standing with your fraternity/sorority and USC (not on any probation)
  2. Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA
  3. Must be a returning student for academic year 2018-2019
  4. Demonstrated significant contribution to the education of character within their chapter

 

Scholarship Initiatives and Academic Support

Sorority and fraternity members are connected to academic support services in order to enhance their scholastic achievement. Below are some of the academic initiatives Fraternity and Sorority Council as well as the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life have implemented to better support all students in our community, and to recognize students that are academically achieving at a high level.

Order of Omega – National Greek Leadership Honor Society

Open to new members each spring and fall semester. To be eligible for membership, students must:

  • Be a junior or senior

  • Possess a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher

  • Be a member in a USC-recognized fraternity or sorority

  • Have demonstrated leadership capabilities

Academic Support at the University of South Carolina – FSL Partnership with Student Success Center

Help with Courses through the Student Success Center

All Student Success Center course-specific support is free to undergraduate students enrolled at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Course-specific support includes:

  • One-on-One, Drop-In, and Online Peer Tutoring
  • Supplemental Instruction
  • One-on-One and Drop-In Peer Writing & Communications Tutoring

Learn more about the Student Success Center online or call 803-777-1000 for more information about each course-specific support service.

Help with Study Skills & Help with Finances through the Student Success Center

The Student Success Center provides University of South Carolina-Columbia undergraduate students with free academic and financial support initiatives designed to help all students be successful in and outside of the classroom. Academic and financial support initiatives include:

  • Success Consultations – one-on-one meetings between trained Success Consultants and students to set goals, explore study and time management strategies, create action plans, and get connected to campus resources
  • Financial Consultations – one-on-one meetings between trained Success Consultants and students to discuss different financial concepts and tools for students to incorporate good financial practices into daily life
  • Academic and Financial Workshops

Learn more about the Student Success Center online or call 803-777-1000 for more information about academic and financial support initiatives, or to request a workshop for your chapter.