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South Carolina Honors College


First-generation student finds love for journey to USC

Sarah Tra shares her story and experiences as a first-gen student and USC ambassador in the hope that other first-gen students will find their place at the Honors College and the University of South Carolina.

Family firsts - First-generation college students add energy, resilience to USC campus

First- Generation and Honors College student Chris Loftis discusses how attending the University of South Carolina was a necessary step for him reaching his goal of becoming a computer programmer.

Honors class gives deeper meaning to horror films

For author, professor and horror lover Julia Elliott, horror movies have much more to bring to the table than simple jump scares.

Going the extra mile

Honors College senior makes connections from Columbia to Cairo.

'More than research'

UofSC's most recent Rotary Scholar, Layne Scopano, tackles global healthcare inequality.

McNair Scholar discovers passion for government through the U.S. Digital Corps

Trey Gordner ('13) has started his own company, earned his master's in urban planning and now lives in Hawaii with his wife working for a fellowship that is the first of its kind.

Semester at the Coast program helps students find their passion

The South Carolina Honors College's partnership with Baruch Institute for Coastal and Marine Sciences has provided students interested in science, the environment or health with a one of a kind experience at a top research facility.

The Power of Water

Honors alumna Maria DeChellis '97 began working in utilities shortly after graduating from the University of South Carolina with her master's degree in 1999. At that time, she had no idea that career would lead to what would become her passion.

Finding a Voice Through Public Service

Growing up, Carolina Scholar Salomon Campos-Rice struggled to find his voice. Now, he's using it to help others advocate for themselves.

The Internship

Jackie Parnell reflects on the internship set his trajectory for the rest of his career.

German and political science major finds first-rate education by way of a second choice

Jahleel Johnson discovered opportunities in-state that allowed him to study around the world.

Students learn to find the human experience in business journalism

The Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Initiative is changing the mold, encouraging students to embrace a form of business journalism that goes beyond the numbers. Just in its fourth year, this program has evolved quickly and led two journalism students, Connor Hart and Emma Dooling, to win multiple awards.

4th Udall Scholar named in 10 years at UofSC

Harrison Bench's passion for environmental advocacy led to him being awarded a Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, one of the most prestigious national scholarships in the U.S.

May graduate earns public health degree as foundation for career in medicine

During her program, Madison Petersen gained research experience with the Arnold Childhood Obesity Initiative, Connect Lab and the NCI-funded Cancer Education Program, ultimately earning Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Research.

A Letter from the Dean

As Dean Steven Lynn completes a decade of service to the Honors College, he reflects on this season of celebration and looks toward the future.

Brother and sister Honors College graduates take different paths to making an impact

When siblings Nancy and Thomas Scott were growing up, the University of South Carolina was like their second home. After weighing other options, both brother and sister chose South Carolina because of the value and quality of the Honors College experience.

Helping them see themselves

This summer, after 28 years leading the office now called National Fellowships and Scholar Programs, Novella Fortner Beskid is retiring. Of the many mementos Novella Beskid can take with her when she leaves, the best are in her mind.

Building wealth and sharing it

Chuck Redmond, international business and finance, took his Carolina scholarship to the South Carolina Honors College in 2008 and began his pursuit of social justice through economic means.

'An unmatched standard'

Melissa Moss, a professor of chemical and biomedical engineering and a Pearce Faculty Fellow for the Honors College, prioritizes mentorship as she makes her mark.

Honors student creates new world through senior thesis

Hannah Martin always knew that she would write a novel for her senior thesis, even before she knew what that novel would be about. 

Taking on a challenge: Honors senior learns to thrive outside of her comfort zone

Honors senior Natalie Monzavifar doesn't walk away from a challenge, and she doesn't plan to anytime soon.

Sullivan Award winner focuses research, leadership efforts on sustainability

Honors College student and geography major Claire Windsor has turned a passion for creating a sustainable world into action throughout her four-year career at South Carolina.

Swanger Award winner serves fellow students, community in variety of roles

An Honors College student from Lexington, South Carolina, Laura-Louise Rice has served in many capacities in Student Government, been an orientation and peer leader as well as taken on leadership roles in her business fraternity and social sorority. For her efforts, Rice received the university’s second-highest undergraduate honor

Two UofSC honors students win Goldwater Scholarships

For two University of South Carolina students, earning a Goldwater Scholarship has turned childhood dreams into reality. Kirsten Fisher and Amanda Manea also have the honor of marking 30 years of Goldwater Scholars at UofSC.

Two Honors students embark on a yearlong exchange to Germany

Caroline Favret and Jahleel Johnson will be heading to Germany this summer as recipients of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals.


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