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Our mission is to collaborate with the University and Lancaster County community and schools educational opportunities primary for first generation and low-income college students.

TRiO Programs are federally funded by the US Department of Education to assist first generation and low-income Americans complete high school and/or graduate from college then move on to a chosen career to fully participate in their economic and social lives.

Early Start 2020 (July 20th - August 7th)(Deadline: July 10th)
Opportunity Scholars Program
TRiO OSP Summer School Scholarship 2020 Funding Award


TRiO Programs:

Upward Bound (UB) serves students in the ninth through twelfth grades.

Opportunity Scholars Program (OSP) serves college level students.

Clubs and Organizations:

D.E.F.I.N.E purpose is to provide mentoring, academic support and higher educational opportunities for young females enrolled at the University of South Carolina Lancaster through the D.E.F.I.N.E. program.

Omega Scholars Open to all USCL male students, we provide mentoring, academic support and higher educational opportunities.


Program participants are generally first-generation and/or low-income high school students or college students. UB serve high schools: Andrew Jackson, Buford, and Lancaster High School of the Lancaster County School District. OSP participants must be a USC freshmen or sophomore to join.

Yes. OSP provides services to ALL individuals who are first-generation and/or low income college students.

Visit TRiO Programs on-line or stop by the TRiO Learning Resource Center (LRC) located adjacent to Medford Library and complete a program application. There is NO COST to join.

Yes. TRiO offers a summer grant aid scholarship for qualified applicants.
The UB program has both a dual enrollment phase and a six-week summer experience phase for selected participants. The OSP has an Early Start intensive 3-week summer program (limited spots) to assist freshmen transition from high school to college.