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University Scholarships

Many scholarships and stipends may be combined with other sources of financial assistance for which a student is eligible. However, a student may not receive more than one full-tuition University scholarship. Students who want to be considered for scholarships must be unconditionally accepted for admission prior to deadlines. USC Upstate students who are awarded scholarships or stipends are required to be in good academic standing. These students must also be free of any current discipline code violation and may not be on disciplinary probation.

Note: Scholarship information is accurate at the time of publication. Availability of funds and other factors may change.

For further information about scholarships and other financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at (864) 503-5340 or the Office of Admissions at (864) 503-5246.

USC Upstate Foundation Scholarships 
The USC Upstate Foundation Scholarship application is available November 1 through February 1.

USC Upstate Scholars Program
The University of South Carolina Upstate Scholars Program for new and continuing students assists academically talented individuals in their pursuit of higher education. The prestigious awards are given to students who have demonstrated their potential through academic merit. USC Upstate and the upstate region will benefit from the leadership and academic excellence these scholars bring to campus. Scholarships will be awarded to eligible students; however, the number of awards available will be determined by the University. Early application for admission to USC Upstate is encouraged for students to be considered for new student scholarships. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.

The John C. Stockwell and Diane C. Vecchio International Award
The John C. Stockwell and Diane C. Vecchio International Award is designed to provide a funded summer of international travel and study to a full-time, academically well-qualified, in-state student at USC Upstate ... a student for whom travel has been a rare but intensely desired opportunity … a student for whom the experience will enhance leadership potential.

The Award makes $6,000 available for the purpose of spending six weeks or more abroad outside the North American continent preferably unaccompanied, engaging in travel and in a faculty-advised independent study project worthy of three to six semester hours of undergraduate credit. Though the travel must be documented extensively and an independent study project must be completed, the award recipient is not accountable for detailed expenditure reports. The cash award is intended to assist in covering the costs of travel, expenses incurred while living abroad, paying credit hour costs for independent study enrollment in summer school, and offsetting some lost summer earning potential.

The Award is designed for use during the summer between the junior and senior year. Applications must be completed by November 1 of the applicant’s junior year with the recipient announced by December 15th, allowing time to plan extensively during the Spring Semester preceding summer travel.
See the application criteria (PDF)
Download the application (PDF)

Chancellor Scholarships
Are awards of $7500 (for boarding students) and $3500 (for commuting students) given annually to entering freshmen who meet the following criteria: present a minimum SAT score of *1300 or ACT score of 29, rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.75.

Valedictorian Scholarships
Are awards of $7500 (for boarding students) and $3500 (for commuting students) given annually to entering freshmen who are ranked first in their class at time of admission to the University, or upon high school graduation. In addition, Valedictorian Scholars must present a minimum SAT score of 1000* or ACT score of 23.

Transfer Scholarships
Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 that are awarded annually to entering transfer students who have earned at least 60 semester hours of transferable credit from a two-year or technical college OR an Associate of Arts or Science degree from an accredited college. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.50. This scholarship is available to the recipient for two academic years (four semesters—fall and spring, not summer).

Metropolitan Scholarships
Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 that are awarded annually to entering freshmen who meet the following criteria: Present a minimum SAT score of *1100 or ACT score of 24, rank in top 30 percent of their high school class and have a minimum GPA of 3.25.

University Scholarships
Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 awarded annually to entering freshmen who meet the following criteria: Present a minimum SAT score of 1200 or ACT score of 27, rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class, and have a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Out-of-State Scholarship
Awards $500 for the year and in-state tuition rates to new freshmen who have a 3.0 minimum high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale), 1000 on SAT, and rank in the top 20 percent of high school class and to new transfer students who have a 3.25 minimum GPA and a minimum of 60 credit hours.

National Merit Scholarships
Annual awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. The competition for these awards begins when the students take the PSAT/NMSQT in their junior year of high school. Students eligible to continue in the National Merit competition are contacted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. At USC Upstate, Merit Scholarships are $500 annually and are renewable for four years of undergraduate study if the student maintains at least a 3.0 GPA. Students receiving other general USC Upstate scholarships may also receive a Merit Scholarship; the total general USC Upstate scholarship package for such students, however, may not exceed the resident, on-campus, cost-of-attendance figure. To be eligible, students must be accepted by USC Upstate, be designated a National Merit finalist, and have listed USC Upstate as their first choice on the National Merit application.

University of South Carolina Alumni Scholarship
Awards of varying amounts made to freshmen from the several judicial circuits in South Carolina and from metropolitan areas outside the state. The awards are based on academic ability and are renewable. Note: There is a specific application for this scholarship, and it must be sent to USC Alumni Association in Columbia, SC.

USC Faculty/Staff Dependents' Scholarship
Open for application to any dependent child or spouse of a full-time University of South Carolina system employee. There is competition for this scholarship, and only a limited number of scholarships are awarded each year. To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student on one of the University’s eight campuses and have attained a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Freshman eligibility is determined by high school class rank and SAT or ACT scores. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years for those students pursuing a baccalaureate degree provided the recipient maintains a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. In some cases, graduate students may receive the scholarship until receipt of their graduate degrees. Note: There is a specific application for this scholarship that must be sent to USC Columbia.

Note: *SAT scores are based on scores from tests taken after April 1, 1995. GPA requirement is based upon a 4.0 scale.  

Renewal policy: Chancellor, Valedictorian and Metropolitan scholarships are renewable for seven additional consecutive semesters providing the student maintains a cumulative USC Upstate GPA of 3.0 and earns a minimum 24 semester hours during the fall and spring semesters. Transfer scholarships are renewable for three additional consecutive semesters providing the student maintains a cumulative USC Upstate GPA of 3.0 and earns a minimum of 24 semester hours during the fall and spring semesters.