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Scholarships for Nonresidents

The University of South Carolina Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers a generous array of scholarships for non-S.C. resident freshmen.

Only one Admissions Merit Award per individual is allowed for nonresidents, with the exception of the Provost Scholars Award, which can be added to any other award listed in this section.



Stamps Scholars annual value: Up to $20,750 + tuition reduction + $10,000 enrichment fund
Four-year value: Up to $176,000

McNair Scholars annual value: $15,000 + tuition reduction

Four-year value with tuition reduction: More than $143,000

Horseshoe Scholars annual value: $11,000
Four-year value with tuition reduction: More than $127,000

The Top Scholars Awards are the most prestigious awards at the university. Approximately, 45 out-of-state students with strong academic records who are leaders in their high schools and communities will be invited to participate in an interview weekend.

Of these candidates, 20 will be named McNair Scholars and 20 will be named Horseshoe Scholars. Additionally, the top five candidates will be nominated as Stamps Scholars and will interview for the chance to receive the top scholarship along with an enrichment stipend to fund opportunities such as undergraduate research, study abroad, service projects or unpaid internships.

Candidates must participate in the entire weekend in order to remain in consideration for these awards. Last year, out-of-state Top Scholars had an average SAT score of 1552 (ACT score of 34) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.89. Recipients of these awards qualify for the in-state tuition rate.

Please note: To apply for these scholarships, both an application for general university admission and a Top Scholars application must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. All students are encouraged to complete the general admissions application by October 15. A separate Honors College/Top Scholars application must be completed for Top Scholars award consideration no later than November 15.

Annual value: Up to $6,000 + tuition reduction
Four-year value with tuition reduction: Up to $104,400

The university annually awards scholarships to National Merit Finalists and National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. The competition for these awards begins when you take the PSAT/NMSQT in your junior year of high school. To be eligible, National Merit Finalists must list the University of South Carolina as their first choice through the National Merit Corporation. The National Hispanic Recognition Program will send us the names of the scholars selected for that program. The Provost Scholars Award is the only general university award that can be combined with another admissions-issued scholarship. Recipients of this award qualify for the in-state tuition rate if this is their sole award. If they receive two university-issued awards, they will receive only one instance of tuition reduction.

Please note that for most students, the total award amount includes a $500 National Merit Scholarship.

Annual value: $8,000 + tuition reduction
Four-year value with tuition reduction: more than $112,400

Sponsored by the Carolina Alumni Association, these awards signify outstanding achievement in academics, leadership, talent and service. In 2019, recipients of this award had an average SAT score of 1521 (ACT score of 35) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.81.

To apply for this award, you must submit both a USC application and a Top Scholars application supplement to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The deadline for the Top Scholars application is Nov. 15. Recipients of this award qualify for the in-state tuition rate.

Annual value: $4,000 + tuition reduction
Four-year value with tuition reduction: more than $96,400

In 2019, recipients of the Academic Scholar - Elite Award had an average SAT score of 1533 (ACT score of 34) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.83. Recipients of this award qualify for the in-state tuition rate.

Annual value: $2,000 + tuition reduction
Four-year value with tuition reduction: more than $88,400

In 2019, recipients of the Academic Scholar - Excellence Award had an average SAT score of 1474 (ACT score of 33) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.66. Recipients of this award qualify for the in-state tuition rate.

Annual value: $500 + tuition reduction
Four-year value with tuition reduction: more than $82,400

In 2019, recipients of the Academic Scholar - Superlative Award had an average SAT score of 1412 (ACT score of 31) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.35. Recipients of this award qualify for the in-state tuition rate.

Annual value: $500 + tuition reduction
Four-year value with tuition reduction: more than $59,432

In 2019, recipients of the Academic Scholar - Distinction Award had an average SAT score of 1356 (ACT score of 30) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.14. Recipients of this award also receive a significant tuition reduction of nearly half of the out-of-state rate.

Annual value: $500 + tuition reduction
Four-year value with tuition reduction: $37,800

In 2019, recipients of the Academic Scholar - Merit Award had an average SAT score of 1318 (ACT score of 29) and an average weighted high school GPA of 4.13. Recipients of this award also receive a significant tuition reduction. 

*May not be combined with any other General University scholarship offered by the USC Office of Undergraduate Admissions, except for Provost Scholars Award.