Top Scholars Join UofSC Freshman Class

Habiba Fayyaz                                            Philip Richardson                                        Himabindu Vinnakota
Congratulations to Habiba Fayyaz, Philip Richradson and Himabindu Vinnakota, recipients of USC Scholar Awards.  The University of South Carolina will welcome some of the nation’s and the state’s top students for the university’s most valuable and prestigious scholarship program. Recipients of the Carolina Scholar Awards for in-state students and the McNair Scholar Awards for out-of-state students will join the Carolina community in August. 

"The USC Scholars Award program draws the best and brightest high school seniors from across the state and the nation," said Scott Verzyl, the university's associate vice president for enrollment management. "These top scholars bring the highest levels of academic performance, leadership and talent to the state's flagship university. Our mission is to bolster their insatiable curiosity and help them realize their tremendous potential at Carolina and beyond. We have great expectations for these outstanding students, and it's no surprise that they usually exceed them."

More than 2,350 students applied for Carolina’s scholars awards, making it the largest and most competitive applicant pool in the university’s history. The university invited 90 scholar candidates to campus to compete for these awards. This year’s 21 McNair Scholars include students from nine states. In-state, the five Stamps Carolina Scholars and 13 Carolina Scholars come from six counties in South Carolina. The Carolina Scholars Award is valued at $10,000 per year for four years. Five students also are named Stamps Carolina Scholars, and will receive all the benefits of the Carolina Scholars, plus $8,000 to be used for enrichment opportunities including undergraduate research, study abroad, service projects or trips or unpaid internships during their undergraduate tenure.

The Stamps Carolina Scholars are: Habiba Fayyaz and Philip Richardson. 

The Carolina Scholar is:  Himabindu Vinnakota.

The Carolina Scholars program was developed by USC in 1969. This is the second year for the Stamps Carolina Scholars program, funded through a gift from the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, founded by Penny and E. Roe Stamps IV.