Changes to our Top Undergraduate Scholarship Programs

The University is partnering with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation to add five new scholarships to our current Carolina Scholars Program. These five additional scholars will be named Stamps Carolina Scholars, and will be funded with a matching gift from the Stamps Foundation. Our proposal was received and accepted based on the strength and reputation of our Carolina and McNair Scholars Programs. You may have seen the announcement on the university website: http://www.sc.edu/news/newsarticle.php?nid=5683. We are excited about the announcement of the Stamps Carolina Scholars: a great asset to our University as we partner with a generous organization.

The plans for considering the Stamps partnership brought to light other nuanced issues regarding Scholar Programs – one of which is the renaming of the Carolina and McNair Scholar Finalists. These finalists are those students not receiving the top award in the Carolina and McNair Scholar Selection Process, however, their scholarship is considered a top award. Having the word “finalist” in a scholarship name has been confusing to many, and some have inquired as to whether these students even received a scholarship. In discussions with areas such as Admissions, Development, the Honors College, the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs, and Student Affairs, we felt confident to pursue a process to rename the scholarships.

Carolina Scholar Finalists will become Hamilton Scholars.
McNair Scholar Finalists will become the Horseshoe Scholars.

The addition of five Stamps Carolina Scholars and the renaming of the Carolina and McNair Scholar Finalists will begin Fall 2013. Thank you for your continued involvement and support of Scholar Programs.

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