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U n i v e rs i t y o f S o u t h C ar o l i n a

2010–2011 Annual Report of C ar o l i n a a n d M c Na i r S c h o l ars

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It was the English philosopher and physician John Locke who said that “The business of education is not to make the young perfect in any one of the sciences, but so to open and dispose their minds as may best make them capable of any, when they shall apply themselves to it.� We agree with John Locke’s definition of education and are proud that the University of South Carolina offers opportunities to those who apply themselves to join the world of exemplary scholarship. Our Carolina and McNair Scholars programs are pathways to academic excellence for the many outstanding undergraduates we have recruited to pursue their college education on our campus. Their experiences in and out of the classroom, often including national and international travel, have been enriched by the individual support they received from faculty, staff, community and business leaders, alumni and donors. True Scholar is a compendium of the personal stories of these scholars and the paths they have chosen based on their own interests, talents and personal distinction. We hope you will enjoy reading about these unique achievers, what they have learned on their journeys and where they are headed. We, and they, are grateful for the generosity of those who have opened the doors of opportunity for each of these outstanding students. Because of your interest and support, they have enriched the Carolina community and offer great promise as they take their places in their chosen professions and communities. Harris Pastides, President, University of South Carolina Michael D. Amiridis, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Helen I. Doerpinghaus, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

The Carolina and McNair Scholars The University of South Carolina developed the Carolina Scholars Program in 1969 to celebrate the virtues of a world-class education. Through generous private support, we have expanded the program from nine students in its first year to more than 88 scholars on campus during fall 2010. Since its inception, 684 scholars have participated in the program, which has been an integral factor in keeping many of the state’s most academically talented students in South Carolina. Established in spring 1998 as part of the University’s Bicentennial Campaign, the McNair Scholars Program is an exciting scholarship fund for out-of-state students supported by generous gifts of $30 million from University alumnus Robert C. McNair and his wife, Janice. The McNair Scholars Program is the counterpart of Carolina’s prestigious Carolina Scholars Program for gifted in-state students. The University welcomed the 13th class of McNair Scholars this year. This year’s McNair Scholars represent 19 states and are among the nation’s brightest students. Distinguished by their extraordinary academic talent, exemplary character and remarkable leadership skills, the Carolina and McNair Scholars are outstanding students whose ideas and abilities will shape the world of tomorrow. These young scholars personify not only the ideals Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke of when he said, “Character is higher than intellect,” but also the University’s own motto: “Learning humanizes character and does not permit it to be cruel.” As this report chronicles, these scholars have significantly enhanced the reputation of the University. A continuing goal of both programs is to create a community of scholars with a united and visible identity. First-year scholars participate in a leadership retreat, creating bonds and developing skills that will last a lifetime. Through the generosity of the University’s donors, these prestigious scholarship programs will continue to improve and grow. This Carolina and McNair Scholars report is offered as a testament to the successes of the programs that you have made possible.

The Selection Process The Office of Undergraduate Admissions coordinates the selection process for Carolina and McNair Scholars. To be considered, students are required to submit an application for admission as well as an additional application for the top scholar awards. The application generally asks students to include


school and community activities and accomplishments, independent research and readings, goals for the future, an essay, and teacher recommendations. Each applicant is carefully reviewed by faculty and staff and evaluated in areas such as academic preparation, intellectual curiosity, leadership potential, recommendations, interest in the University, and outstanding talents and accomplishments. Each year, 50 Carolina Scholar finalists and 41 McNair Scholar finalists are selected to attend an interview weekend held in February. During this visit, candidates tour campus, view residence halls, meet with many prominent University of South Carolina faculty, staff, and senior administrators, and attend sample classes. The campus visit is an opportunity for students to learn about the services and programs Carolina affords elite scholars and for students to experience the campus culture and community. This year, 20 Carolina Scholars and 21 McNair Scholars were named from the group of 91 finalists. In addition to the monetary award, scholars enjoy many benefits, including preferred freshman housing and parking privileges and a laptop computer. Our current and incoming Carolina and McNair Scholars are representatives of the best our nation has to offer and are an integral part of what makes the University a “faithful index to the ambitions and fortunes of the state.”

The Awards The Carolina Scholar and McNair Scholar Awards are the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships at the University of South Carolina. Students who accept the scholarships receive automatic entrance into the South Carolina Honors College. Each Carolina and McNair Scholar Award provides an annual stipend, which helps cover costs such as tuition, fees, books, and room and board. The stipends are renewable annually to support the scholars through four years of undergraduate study at the University. In addition to the cash stipend, Carolina and McNair Scholars participate in activities during the school year that complement their academic experience. First-year scholars build community starting with their retreat, and they are also paired with University faculty members who serve as mentors during the year. Sophomores receive one-on-one advisement to assist with academic and cocurricular planning. All scholars have a full schedule of programs each semester, which includes socials, formal dinners, lectures and invitations to special campus events.

Carolina Scholar Award Donors Carolina Scholar Awards are made possible by the contributions of individuals, corporations, and foundations. The University Development Office cultivates and maintains relationships with donors of Carolina Scholar Awards. Private support of this and other programs enables the University of South Carolina to attract academically talented students and to provide the margin of excellence in all academic programs.

(Top to bottom) Carolina Scholar Savannah Poskevich meets her donors, Miriam and Duncan Breckenridge, for the first time at the spring dinner. Mr. Breckenridge is the representative for the Class of 1953 Scholarship. From left, Anne Marie Duncan Hottel, Brian Mesimer, Kriska Carandang, Belinda Duncan, Jim Manning and Caroline Duncan. The Duncan family, including Bill Duncan (not pictured), maintains close ties with their Carolina Scholars as they celebrate the graduation of two of their scholars, Brian and Jim. The spring dinner is a bittersweet evening for our scholar seniors, including Lauren Mozingo, Alex Tracy, Laurie Graves and Jennifer Ammerlaan.

Bank of America Friends of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Friends and Family of Solomon Blatt Michael Bond J. Willis Cantey* Carolina Alumni Association Carolina Class of 1936 Carolina Class of 1937 Carolina Class of 1938 Carolina Class of 1939 Carolina Class of 1942 Carolina Class of 1953 Carolina Class of 1964 Carolina Class of 1965 Carolina Class of 1966 Carolina Class of 1967 Carolina Department of Athletics Carolina Development Foundation Carolina Educational Foundation Carolina Interfraternity/Panhellenic Council Caroline McKissick Belser Dial* A.T. Chalk* William B. Douglas* G.G. Dowling* William B. Dukes/Longhorn Steaks of Columbia Inc. William H. Duncan Frances King Fawcett First Citizens Bank First Union National Bank of S.C. Edward R. Ginn III Jack S. Graybill Anne Johnston Gregg William M. Gregg II and Family/S.C. Tees Inc. Caroline and Susan R. Guignard* Martha M. and Hubbard H. Harris*

Friends of James B. Holderman and Carolyn Meadors Holderman Drs. Anita and Charles Hood Kappy M. and William C. Hubbard Mary Burnet M. Pearce Johnston Olin D. Johnston* The Knox Family/Terminix Service Inc. L. Joseph Land John T. Langston III Sodexho Marriott Arnold R. Merchant* Charles Edwin Moore* Dr. Nicholas K. Moore Michael J. Mungo* Ralph David Neuman* James T. Pearce Jr. Kit and James T. Pearce Sr. Mr.* and Mrs. R. Roy Pearce Robert E. Penland* Pepsi Cola Soft Drink Company Progress Energy Clyde C. Rice* David W. Robinson* South Carolina State Fair Association The Spadoni Foundation Dr.* and Mrs. Charles R. Standridge Calhoun Thomas* Mr.* and Mrs. John L.M. Tobias Patrick L. Tomlin University Associates Chris Vlahoplus and Friends Wachovia Bank of South Carolina, N.A. Annually Funded Award Donors Carolina Scholars Alumni R.C. McEntire and Company Inc. Jennifer M. and Mack I. Whittle *deceased



Robert C. McNair

Learning on the high seas Kyra Marsigliano

M c Nair Scholar Benefactor and Friend of the University

Robert C. McNair, a leading businessman, sportsman, and philanthropist in the city of Houston for more than 50 years, is the founder, chair and chief executive officer of the Houston Texans. He is perhaps best known in the business community as the founder of Cogen Technologies, which was sold in 1999. Cogen was the largest privately owned cogeneration company in the world, with aggregate capacity of 1,400 megawatts. McNair is chair of The McNair Group, headquartered in Houston, Texas, where he oversees an investment portfolio that includes interests in three cogeneration plants in the eastern United States. McNair owns Palmetto Partners, Ltd., and RCM Financial Services, L.P., private investment entities that manage the McNairs’ private and public-equity investments, and is a member of the Texas Business Hall of Fame. McNair formed Houston NFL Holdings in 1998 and is chair and CEO. On Oct. 6, 1999, the NFL announced that the 32nd NFL franchise had been awarded to McNair, returning football to the city of Houston in 2002. McNair’s efforts brought Super Bowl XXXVIII to Reliant Stadium in 2004. The Texans had the best season in franchise history in 2009, winning their last four games to finish with a 9-7 record. They set a franchise single-season record for victories and were a tiebreaker away from making the postseason for the first time. The Texans boasted the league’s top passing offense and the highest-ranked defense in team history, and a team-record five players were selected to the Pro Bowl. With 8-8 seasons in 2007 and 2008, the Texans are one of only six AFC teams to finish .500 or better in each of the past three seasons. McNair is actively involved in NFL affairs, serving as chair of the investment committee, and is a member of the audit, finance, stadium, and expansion committees. Stonerside Stable in Kentucky is among McNair’s successes. A 1,947-acre thoroughbred horse farm and racing stable, Stonerside was home to more than 275 racehorses, broodmares, yearlings, and weanlings. Since its inception in 1994, Stonerside has won 72 graded stakes races, including Grade I wins in the Belmont, Breeders Cup Mile, and the Travers. In October 2008 McNair sold Stonerside Farm and Racing Stable. The McNairs have given generously to a wide array of charitable, scientific, medical, literary, educational, and religious organizations through the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation. Major support has been given to education, scholarship programs, and medical research in juvenile diabetes, breast and pancreatic cancer, and the neurosciences. Born in Tampa, Fla., McNair graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1999, he received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the University. In 2010 he received an honorary doctor of humanities from Baylor College of Medicine. Bob and his wife Janice have been married for more than 50 years and have four children and 13 grandchildren.


McNair Scholar 2013, NOAA Hollings Scholar 2011

(Top to bottom) Janice and Bob McNair help celebrate the seniors at the annual spring donor dinner, held March 17. Paulina Berkovich and Noel Marsh share a hug at the end of the McNair Scholar spring dinner. Patricia Moore-Pastides and President Harris Pastides often attend scholar events. Here, they pause for the camera after the McNair Scholar dinner held annually in the spring.

When I first considered studying abroad through SEA Semester, I thought it was too alternative and feared I might sacrifice the typical study abroad experiences of being immersed in a foreign culture, learning a new language, trying unusual foods, and appreciating my life and America differently. Who knew being surrounded by Americans and only setting foot on foreign sand for four days would be the greatest cultural experience of my life? In November 2010, I set sail with a group of 26 students on an adventure that opened my eyes to cultural and global learning in ways I never could have imagined. Our destinations were Christmas Island, Bora Bora, and Tahiti, all chartered out of the Pacific Ocean, but it was the journey that was most meaningful. There was a new language — heads, throats and soles have nothing to do with body parts at sea — and a new, efficient means of communication (i.e. repeating every command spoken). I embraced new customs — forget siestas, we slept whenever we could between watches. There was a new, uncomfortable definition of personal space, or rather, lack thereof, on the 134' ship with 38 sailors. And all this while conducting original oceanographic research and learning to navigate using a combination of modern technology, the stars and ancient Polynesian techniques.

Stephen Timko McNair Scholar 2012, NOAA Hollings Scholar 2010 Almost as soon as I got to USC, I started thinking about studying abroad. I had no idea where I wanted to go, but I knew it was something I wanted to do before I graduated. Once I started taking classes and conducting undergraduate research, I realized that if at all possible, I wanted to do research abroad. In lieu of a traditional study abroad program, my research and academic advisors came up with a unique plan. With the help of the Honors College, I registered for an undergraduate research course, spent a month continuing my research at USC, then traveled around the world to conduct scientific research. My journey started in Bermuda, where I spent a month on two different cruises out of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. On the first cruise, I worked on measuring primary production in the open ocean as part of a larger project to measure changes in the food web over time. The second cruise was focused on sinking particles in the ocean, and I measured the enzymatic rates of bacteria surrounding such particles. I left Bermuda and the open ocean research and flew to Germany, where I stayed at the Hanse-Wissenshaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhorst. In coordination with the Universitat Oldenburg, we traveled up to Spiekeroog, a small barrier island in the North Sea, to conduct coastal research. We studied the effects of groundwater input to the sea on nutrients and metals, particularly iron, during rising and falling tides. By the end of my adventures, I had worked on four different projects with scientists from eight different countries. The experience and skills I have gained have truly benefited my education, going to show that not all learning goes on in the classroom.

Two McNair Scholars, both marine science majors and national award winners, grab their sea legs and head to the ocean. Their experiences were life changing, adventurous and not easily captured in this limited space. Aloft in the rigging at Bora Bora. Kyra Marsigliano is the person inboard on the starboard side (i.e. if you look at the five people at the top, she is the second from the left). Below, Stephen Timko conducts research off the coast of Bermuda.


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To introduce you to our senior scholars means an introduction to the world — they find themselves in places their predecessors


only dreamed of — from traveling continents to tutoring children. On these pages you will see photographs of our senior Carolina and McNair Scholars in their own element, a location of their

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choosing. For some of them, the choice was easy and obvious, but

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for others, more thought and reflection was employed. The photos, accompanied by the students’ reflective and insightful words, provides a glimpse into their time as a Carolinian.

If you would have told me four years ago that I would sing karaoke in front of a large group of Asian people, I would have thought you were crazy. I didn’t think that I would graduate having tasted sheep intestines or worn a princess crown in public ... but I did. These are just a few examples of the many experiences I did not imagine myself having in college. The “plan” I had as a young freshman became completely derailed during my time at Carolina. However, what I found in its place was a sense of community and adventures better than I would have ever anticipated. I came into college as a pharmacy major, and instead of a life of counting pills and medication, I found in its place a love for working with disabled children. When I thought I was moving into a dorm full of people I would have nothing in common with, I found some of the most interesting people I have ever met who are now my best friends. I was pushed in ways I could have never imagined and am so grateful for a life I never I thought I would have. Jennifer will attend MUSC next year for occupational therapy school.


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C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Solomon Blatt Scholarship South Florence High School Florence, S.C. Exercise Science Jennifer spent the spring semester of her senior year interning at Nursery Road Elementary School’s occupational therapy department, working with disabled children.

The culmination of Emily’s college career was being crowned USC’s 2010 homecoming queen. Despite calling herself a nerdy engineering major from Ohio, Emily was chosen to represent not only her sorority, but the entire Gamecock community! She says that standing on the 50yard line during halftime was one of the most amazing and humbling experiences of her life. Even though she is returning to Cincinnati after graduation to work for Procter and Gamble, she will forever cherish Carolina as her home.

My entire life, I have been determined to ignore traditional pathways and instead pave my own. So when I received the McNair scholarship to attend a college nine hours away from my home in Cincinnati, I seized the opportunity. Now that four years have passed, I am confident that attending USC was one of the best decisions I have ever made. At my new home in Carolina, I discovered a nurturing environment that allowed me to step outside my comfort zone. I joined numerous organizations, started one of my own, and developed a passion for innovative leadership and dedicated service to my peers. As a freshman experiencing sorority recruitment, I did not yet grasp the impact Chi Omega would eventually make on my life. In fact, it has become the most influential organization in which I am involved. After serving as vice president my sophomore year, I was elected chapter president. Leading a group of 250 college women was one of the most daunting tasks I have ever accepted. However, throughout my term, I developed invaluable skills I could not have learned in a classroom. More importantly, my sisters have become my family here at USC. Emily will move back to her hometown of Cincinnati to work as a products researcher for Tampax within Procter and Gamble.


During my time at Carolina, I have had so many wonderful experiences. I took interesting classes, made




people. Most importantly, though, I had the opportunity to grow and learn more about myself. I came into college unsure about what I wanted to do when I graduated, so I just followed my


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Student Government Scholarship Eastside High School Greer, S.C. Marketing and Economics

Terminix Scholarship Lancaster High School Lancaster, S.C. Pharmacy As a pharmacy student, Kerri learned a lot through hands-on experiences with patients in the community pharmacy lab. The class with the greatest focus on patient interaction was the pharmacy community lab, where she learned counseling and communication skills.

countless memories, and met amazing

Liana sits outside the Thomas Cooper Library, one of the most popular locations on campus.

interests. I immediately joined Omega Phi Alpha, a service sorority, where I met some of my closest friends. Many of the service projects that we did together taught me about the world and changed my perspective about what my career should be. Although I changed my major a few times throughout the years, I eventually found myself as a business major. I found that I wanted to

It is hard to believe that I have already been at Carolina for four years — time

combine my business knowledge with

flies when you are having fun! Since I am a pharmacy student, I will attend USC for

my love of service to pursue a career

two more years before graduating with my Pharm.D., and I am thankful to not be leaving

with a nonprofit organization. Now I

Carolina just yet. In my four years here so far I have learned infinitely more than what the

am moving to New York City to spend

title of my degree would suggest. I have learned how to knit, I’ve taken ZUMBA classes,

a year working with City Year, where I

and I took my first ever airplane ride to a foreign country. Even though there are some

will work in schools and mentor chil-

weeks that I have a semi-permanent residence in the Thomas Cooper Library, I am glad

dren. Without my experiences at USC,

to have two more years at Carolina — two more seasons of football games and intramural

I never would have found my way or

sports, and two more years of enjoying the scenery on the Horseshoe. Being at Carolina

found my passion.

for the past four years has given me some of the best experiences of my life, and I know that my next two years will be no different.

Liana will move to New York City to join City Year.

Kerri will remain at USC for two more years to finish her pharmacy degree.



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Mrs. Hubbard H. Harris Scholarship and Louisa Ellerbe and John L.M. Tobias Scholarship White Knoll High School Lexington, S.C. Chemistry

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Mollie especially loved sitting outside places like the Colloquium Cafe, one of the many areas around campus where students can complete schoolwork while enjoying the beautiful South Carolina weather.

M c Na i r S c h o l ar East Rutherford High School Ellenboro, N.C. Exercise Science and Physical Therapy

My years at South Carolina have been short, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything. I have enjoyed every minute of it (well maybe I could have done without a test or two). From meeting some of the best friends I have while living in Capstone, to taking classes that have intrigued and challenged me, to performing community service, to studying abroad in Poland, USC has allowed

When I came to USC Honors College in the fall of 2007, I had no idea what I wanted to major in, much less what I wanted to do with my college degree after I graduated. USC did not make it easy for me to choose. I took classes ranging from honors chemistry, vector calculus, and physics to travel writing, international relations, and

me to do it all. Through my required classes in the exercise science department,

great books of the Western world, in order to find out which disciplines interested me the

I was able to work in the perceptual motor development lab and further develop

most. But I loved them all! I had engaging professors, and equally challenging peers, who

my desire to eventually work in pediatrics. Although I graduated a year early,

enriched my academic experience. In my four years at USC, I received an outstanding,

I am continuing my education at USC through the physical therapy program. I am challenged every day to learn all I can so I can be the best practitioner for my future patients. Even though it is difficult at times, I am constantly encouraged to know that the challenges and hardships will be worth it in the end when I can better the lives of my patients. I will be forever grateful to Mr. and Mrs. McNair for this wonderful opportunity. I can only hope to serve my community with the generosity and compassion that have been bestowed upon me. Sarah will continue her doctorate of physical therapy degree at USC with eventual plans to practice in pediatrics and/or neurorehabilitation.


After working with survivors of stroke in USC’s rehabilitation lab, Sarah solidified her desire to pursue a career in physical therapy and began developing an interest in neurorehabilitation.


scholars were recognized at the April 14 Leadership and Service Awards.

well-rounded education, both in and outside the classroom, with a congressional internship in Washington, D.C., research projects in the Department of Chemistry and the School of Public Health’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program, and many campus experiences, including intramural sports, the Lettered Olive Literary Journal, and serving as a tutor and academic mentor for the athletic department. These intense and exciting four years at USC have prepared me to be successful in my future goals and in serving society. I am proud to be a University of South Carolina alumna! Mollie will pursue a master’s degree in nursing at Vanderbilt. She plans to become a family nurse practitioner.


Carolina or McNair Scholars or Finalists won 64 awards this year at the University’s annual spring Awards Day. 11

I always imagined myself to be an interesting sight walking to and from class — it’s hard to ignore someone hefting a giant black portfolio, or a huge roll of paper. For an art student like me, the daily haul to McMaster College has been a staple of the past four years, one I will miss. Fostering my love of both the visual and performing arts, I divided my time between drawing studio and the theater, living the dual lives of a drawing major and stage manager. My

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M c Na i r S c h o l ar Council Rock High School North Washington Crossing, Pa. Art Studio (Drawing Concentration) and Art History

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Being an art major of any concentration means plenty of time in a studio at McMaster College, which Whitney jokingly referred to as one of her three homes — after the theater and her apartment, of course.

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar J. Rion McKissick Scholarship and Calhoun Thomas Sr. Scholarship Richland Northeast High School Columbia, S.C. International Business, Accounting and Finance

time at Carolina has been an exploration of what it means to creatively express myself. As an artist, visual, performing, or otherwise, I am a storyteller, presenting


narratives to an audience, hoping to affect

Looking back, my time at Carolina was spent in several different places:

them in some way. Assembling an artistic

Chi Omega, France, the Darla Moore School of Business, Tanzania, and SCBT,

composition and overseeing the many

my part-time job. All of these places carry a special place in my heart, and I have

elements of a theatrical production, I take

learned and experienced many things because of them. I found my first home in

what I learn in the studio and apply it

Chi Omega, where over 150 girls welcomed me into their sisterhood, and where I

to my work on the stage, allowing me to

found my best friend, Emily Berger. My second home became the “BA,” or School

be a more effective artistic collaborator.

of Business. I’ve spent many hours there and received irreplaceable wisdom and

Whether it was spending long hours in

guidance from advisors and professors. Some of my greatest memories have come

the studio, hanging my solo exhibition in

from my experiences studying abroad. I love the French language, so my first obvious

the McMaster Student Gallery or working

choice was to go do France. I lived with a wonderful host family, got to get to know

on the many productions of Theater

some other USC students, and traveled around a bit. My second study abroad was

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more unexpected. I decided to take a chance with Africa. I knew it was an opportunity

have proven invaluable to my growth as

I couldn’t pass up. I got to experience Tanzanian people, food and culture and see

an artist — and my creative journey is

some amazing animals on safari. The people I have met and the friends I have made

only beginning.

have really shaped my time at Carolina.

Whitney will move to New York City in August to attend Columbia University’s stage management MFA program.

Tenley has an internship in Greenville, S.C., with Ernst & Young for the summer and will return to USC to pursue a Master of Accounting.

Mont St. Michel in France is just one of the places that has a special place in Tenley’s heart from her time at USC.


scholars studied abroad this year, from summer 2010 to spring 2011, in 16 different countries. 13

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M c Na i r S c h o l ar Veritas Christian Academy Hendersonville, N.C. Political Science New and exciting things made USC more than just an academically rewarding time. Competitive shooting is something that Colton found he really enjoys. Here, he is practicing at Defender Range in Lexington, S.C., for an upcoming IDPA match.

Over the course of my four years at Carolina, I have learned a lot both in theory and in practice.


Receiving the McNair Scholarship gave me the opportunity to do things throughout my college years that I might not have been able to afford otherwise. I thoroughly enjoyed scuba diving throughout my

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last two years of college, and I made sure to take full advantage of the opportunity that I was given

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by taking the time to learn a lot of other practical

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skills and activities as well. Though my major is in political science, I have taken time to learn many other disciplines in an effort to broaden my horizons. Though I never officially minored in anything, I had enough credits in several areas to constitute an “almost minor,” and I think that in that regard learning a substantial

Tori is passionate about doing neuroscience research and playing with brains, so for her picture she found the largest one she could: Eddie’s brain at Edventure Children’s Museum.

amount about multiple subjects did me more good than confining myself to one specific discipline. To incoming students: take the time to be indecisive. You don’t have to change your major if you enjoy it from the start. That said, you will likely get the chance to live college life only once, so make sure you take some fun classes in addition to the ones that are required of you. Learn about more than just your major. Throughout the Renaissance, there was a conception of a Renaissance man as someone who developed practical skills in a number of different areas. I believe that too many people today limit themselves; as I move on, I would like to continue learning new and different things in my pursuit of that ideal. Life will certainly never be boring. Colton is currently interviewing for jobs in the government and intelligence fields and plans to work for a short while before returning to law school. He is interested in the Defense Intelligence Agency, Secret Service or attorney general’s office.


In my four years at Carolina, I have been introduced to a very distinctive way of life, and I have fallen in love with it. I took classes in which I learned how to shag and play the harmonica. I’ve spent my Friday nights stuffing myself on barbecue at Palmetto Pig even though, as a native Texan, I still firmly believe that barbecue should not be yellow. I have lived through the excitement and heartbreak of Gamecock football with the passion of any decades-long fan. I’ve stretched out on the Horseshoe wearing a sundress and reading a good book in the middle of November. I learned all about South Carolina history while working as the state coordinator for National History Day in South Carolina. I have attempted to hang Christmas lights on a palm tree (this failed only because I was too short to reach). I felt so homesick when I spent a summer in Minneapolis doing research and realized that I couldn’t find sweet tea anywhere. I feel as though I am graduating from USC having been embraced by a culture that I wouldn’t have been able to find anywhere else, and that has been a truly unique experience. Tori will attend the University of Minnesota to study for a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.



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car o l i n a S c h o l ar Carolyn Holderman and James Holderman Scholarship and Joseph Cardinal L. Bernardin Scholarship Southside High School Simpsonville, S.C. Psychology


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Many of my favorite college memories center around the Horseshoe. It was there that I experienced my first snowball battle, and in those apartments that my roommates and I would bake banana bread at midnight, either goofing around or stressing over senior theses. I grew academically in college, but I can see more

Kylie made the most of her opportunities to continue riding in college by joining the IHSA club equestrian team and by working with CC for her senior thesis.

Lauren has had many great chats with Nancy about God, culture, the Bible and each other.

clearly my spiritual and relational change. While at USC, I went from exhausting

As I reflect on my years at Carolina, I can’t help but feel lucky for all the

myself trying to please God to enjoying the peace that came from better understand-

opportunities and experiences that I have been fortunate enough to be a

ing and trusting in his promises, and I found myself naturally following him more.

part of. I can say with absolute certainty that the University of South Carolina has

Likewise, I went from working hard for others’ approval to finding that the security

helped me create memories to last a lifetime. I spent countless hours in the saddle

of unconditional love gave me the freedom to truly love and serve others. My pic-

while on the IHSA Club Equestrian Team and challenged myself to become a better

ture is on the Horseshoe with my dear friend Nancy. We’ve learned so much from

rider. While at USC, I’ve also been able to discover my desire to pursue a career in

each other, and share a sisterly bond unhindered by cultural barriers. I found great

the field of psychology. The Honors College even supported my decision to combine

joy in helping my international friends to feel welcome in America and to consider

my passion for horses and psychology to form my senior thesis. I spent an amazing

their deep spiritual questions. I discovered a passion for being a minister of Jesus’

year abroad in Australia studying, working, and traveling, but at the end of the day

love to internationals here, and am excited to continue this after I graduate, whether

it is easily Carolina that I call home and I’m proud to be a Gamecock.

in full-time ministry or as an English teacher. Lauren will intern with Bridges, a college ministry specifically for international students at the University of Kentucky. Long-term plans are to teach English as a second language to adults.


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Kylie will work on a dude ranch in Idaho this summer as a kids wrangler. Later, she will pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.


scholars and finalists participated in Discovery Day and eight of them placed. 17

I vividly remember my first day at Carolina: moving into my tiny Maxcy

While it is hard to believe how quick-

room, experiencing the excitement of beginning college, and meeting my

ly four years have passed at USC, it

hall mates who would quickly become some of my best friends. Soon after came my first days of college classes and my first football games in Williams-Brice Stadium. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain, volunteer with nonprofit and service organizations throughout Columbia, get involved in

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undergraduate research, hold leadership positions, see celebrities and concerts, and meet some amazing people. Now as I write this, I am preparing to attend my last classes, take my last final exams, volunteer at my last Service Saturday, watch my last baseball game as a student, and walk across the stage to become a USC graduate. When I reflect on the past four years at USC, I think about the wonderful experiences and opportunities I have had, each rewarding, challenging and fun in their own way. Even though this chapter is ending, I know that the things I have learned in and out of the classroom at USC and the friendships I have made here will carry me far through the many chapters of life to come. Laurie will attend medical school at MUSC in Charleston.

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While at USC, Laurie enjoyed volunteering at Service Saturdays and other community service projects through leadership in Carolina Service Council. The Belser Arboretum was one of her favorite volunteer sites.

much has happened during my time here. From discovering the musical genius of Bob Dylan in the classroom to studying in Spain during the World Cup, I consider myself a much better-

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Mary B. M. Pearce Johnston and James T. Pearce Jr. Scholarship Clover High School Clover, S.C. Biology

is even more difficult to fathom how

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar First Union National Bank of S.C. Scholarship Irmo High School Columbia, S.C. Biology and Spanish Mandev spent time at Palmetto Health Baptist serving as a personal touch volunteer in the IICU, where he was able to assist the nursing staff and spend time with patients.

rounded person having attended a university that provides students with so many unique opportunities. I will never forget the cool fall nights I spent losing my voice in Williams-Brice Stadium nor those spent buried on the bottom floor of the library cramming for exams. The education I received here was second to none, and I am thankful to all of my professors who have adequately prepared me for the next step in pursuing a medical career. Most of all, I am grateful for the friendships I have made along the way. I am truly lucky to have shared my


scholars won Magellan Scholar Awards for undergraduate research this year.


college years with such great companions whom I will sorely miss next year. I would not trade the memories I have made with them for anything, and I will carry them with me forever. Mandev will attend medical school at MUSC in Charleston.


Looking back on my four years at Carolina, I can honestly say that I got the whole “college experience.” Carolina has been everything and everywhere to me.… It has been studying at 2 a.m. in the Maxcy common room, debating Student Government issues on Wednesday afternoons in the Senate chambers, and signing the Phi Mu charter as we officially became a chapter. It has been six weeks living with a host family in Spain, watching Shaun White win his gold medal while interning at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and going to



Har d i n g

H e l ms

M c Na i r S c h o l ar Strongsville High School Strongsville, Ohio International Business, Management and Marketing

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Eleanor V. and Nicholas K. Moore Scholarship Irmo High School Columbia, S.C. Music

Christine stands in front of the BA building, where she spent a great deal of time during her four years at Carolina.

almost every football game (home and away!) my senior year. But more than anything, Carolina has been the Moore School of Business. Since freshman year when I declared my major and joined

To be completely honest, I had no idea what I wanted to do with myself when

the professional fraternity Delta Sigma Pi,

I first came to the University of South Carolina. I initially registered as a music

I have spent countless hours in the BA.

major because I had played the flute throughout high school, but I didn’t know

To some, it’s just another building full of

what I planned to do with my degree and I wasn’t even sure it was a discipline that

classrooms. For me, it’s where I met my

I wanted to stick with. Four years later, I’m still not entirely sure that I know where

best friends while pledging DSP. It’s where

I’m going in life. However, my time at USC has indisputably helped me grow as a

I took my favorite classes and found my

musician and as a person. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in a wide variety

mentor. It’s where I had my first interview

of ensembles and performed four solo recitals, including a modern music–themed

for Belk, where I’ll begin working in June.

program at a local art gallery. The classes I took in the Honors College opened my

The business school is where Carolina

mind to subjects that I might not have explored otherwise. Most importantly, I’ve

turned me into the person I am and the

discovered — with the encouragement and support of School of Music faculty — that

reason I’m ready for the “real world.”

no matter what I end up doing, I want it to involve music. And no matter what I end up doing, I know the education I received here at USC will serve me well.

Christine will move to Charlotte to begin a career with Belk in their corporate office. She begins their Executive Training Program for buying this June.


Joanna will attend Indiana University to pursue an MA in musicology.

Joanna spent the majority of her time over the past four years at the School of Music, whether she was in class, practicing flute, rehearsing and performing, or just passing time with friends.


McNair scholars and finalists won a DAAD Rise internship to Germany, a competitive award for summer research in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas. This year’s recipients were Jackie Cantwell, Karson Leperi and Ross Roessler.


Looking back over my four years at the University of South Carolina, I cannot help but appreciate all the adventures I have had! Some were small, satisfying moments, and

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others have been life-changing events in my life — rock climbing, living in a foreign country for four months, appreciating diversity, white water rafting in freezing weather, vulnerability in my personal relationships, eating raw fish for the first time, and skydiving, to name a few. When I first moved into Maxcy my freshman year, I met people who became some of my best friends in college. I will always remember our weekend camping trips, late-night movies and those group trips to Russell House to eat Marble Slab on Bonus Bucks. It will

M c Na i r S c h o l ar Bearden High School Knoxville, Tenn. Biology Rachel went skydiving last winter — one of the experiences she wanted to check off her bucket list.

also be impossible to reflect on college and not think about my adventures with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM), which has meant the world to me at USC. I am so thankful for the relationships that I have formed at BCM and the spiritual growth I have experienced. In a way, these things have scarred me, and I mean that in the best way possible. I will leave Carolina a different person, grateful for the “scars” that can explain my journey. Rachel will move home and find employment until her plans for graduate school are sorted out. Her interests include counseling and working with children and youth, and perhaps even college students. Rachel loves to be in a changing environment.

sara H i n o j o sa

M c Na i r S c h o l ar Dr. Phillips High School Winter Garden, Fla. Psychology Sara worked at the Challenging Horizons Program, an after school program that focuses on behavior modification. She spent her afternoons playing with elementary students, helping them with their homework and organizing academic activities.

It is incredible to think that my four years at Carolina are at an end. Though all of the experiences that have come my way could fill a novel, I sometimes feel like I just walked onto campus, ready to start the ride of my life. Being part of the scholar community provided so many opportunities, from talks with Jan, to Maxcy shenanigans, to that treacherous mountain, the senior thesis. My time here has given me a sense of self, lifelong friendships and a love of


scholars are University ambassadors, who lead campus tours and welcome guests to the Visitor Center.

football. The goals and ambitions that I had freshman year have definitely changed, multiple times, but that winding path allowed me to find my passion. Not only was I able to realize that my career should be in school psychology, I was able to engage in activities preparing me for it. My senior thesis is on reading assessments used to identify students who need special education services, and I’ve spent the past year at the Challenging Horizons Program, helping children with learning and behavioral problems. However, I could not have gotten through all of this and my classes, and volunteer hours, and leading campus ministry without the support and motivation of my scholar friends. They are one of the many things I will particularly miss about the University of South Carolina. Sara will attend graduate school for a Ph.D. in School Psychology back in Florida.



My time at Carolina was full of unforgettable memories and impeccable opportunities. Playing flag football with my

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friends was an activity that provided me with some of my favorite times spent on campus. While I played a sport I love during my time here, I will get a chance to work for the sport I love after graduation thanks to the opportunities South Carolina has afforded me. Upon graduation in December, I plan on pursuing a job within the marketing or public relations departments of the

colin Kane

Colin had many of his best (and most painful!) memories out on the rugby pitch behind the Strom.

Houston Texans NFL franchise. The prospect of working in the

Pace High School Pace, Fla. Public Relations and Sports Management

National Football League has always been a goal of mine, and I

Kyle sports his Texans T-shirt to represent his time working for the franchise.

have Carolina to thank for allowing this to happen. On one of the final days of the past spring semester, a large tour group was passing me by on the Horseshoe. I originally laughed to myself, remembering the days I spent here as a high school student

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar First Union National Bank of S.C. Scholarship Aiken High School Aiken, S.C. Biomedical Engineering

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touring the campus for the first time. But then I wished for every touring student’s sake that they would choose to attend South Carolina, because I knew if they did so that it would be the best Finally in my last weeks of my undergraduate career, I find myself often looking back on the past four years here. I’ve had so many great experiences and I’ve learned so much — but not too much. From goofing off with the rest of Maxcy College freshman year to burying myself in the library alongside my or-

four years of their lives. Kyle plans to pursue a career in an NFL public relations department, preferably with the Texans.

ganic chemistry class, I grew to embrace that the defining aspect of my university experience here would be community. I found an amazing outlet for my energy and a way to express my pride in USC in the rugby team. That sport can make real men out of soft freshman boys, and the respect and camaraderie that binds everyone so unfortunate as to have been through a game of rugby is something I truly treasure. With my church family at the Methodist Student Network, I’ve been able to see and do so many amazing things, and the work we do has taken me to places as familiar as the neighborhoods of Columbia to the hurricaneravaged communities around New Orleans and as far as Peru, Guatemala and El Salvador. This is where I really grew to know myself and understand what I wanted to be able to do with my life, motivating me through the rough patches of getting my degree.


scholars and finalists served as site leaders for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Colin will pursue his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina.



drew K i rc h h o f e r

M c Na i r S c h o l ar St. Mark’s School of Texas Dallas, Texas International Business, Finance and Economics Drew made many friends and had some pretty great times at the Sigma Chi house.

My four years here at Carolina have been some of the best of my life. Coming from Dallas, Texas, I knew literally no one upon arriving on campus for the first time. However, the culture of Southern hospitality coupled with the numerous opportunities offered through the school allowed me to hit the ground running: I


met dozens of great guys, many of whom I now count as my best friends, during my first semester of school through rushing, pledging and ultimately joining the Sigma Chi Fraternity. I have


remained very involved in the fraternity, serving as philanthropy chair during the spring and fall

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of my sophomore and junior years. I also became

Atlanta Girls’ School Decatur, Ga. International Studies and English

involved in Student Government as a freshman, serving on the Student Senate as a freshman and sophomore, as the chair of the Student Business

Don’t let my permanent address fool you: USC is my family’s alma mater, and Columbia

Incubator Committee as a sophomore and junior,

was a second childhood home to me. When I returned to South Carolina as a McNair Schol-

and as the secretary of business and community

ar, I knew I was meant to steward the tradition my grandparents, aunts and uncles built on this

relations as a sophomore and junior. My experi-

campus. In turn, they’ve watched over me and inspired me in the design of my own legacy. I’m

ences as a member of Sigma Chi and Student

here because of the generosity of the McNairs and hundreds of years of effort from students who

Government have been the most meaningful

came before me. Accordingly, service has been the central tenet of my time at USC. Through

and exciting for me throughout my four years.

leadership in the Carolina Service Council, presiding over historic campus honor societies Mor-

Through these two organizations, I have not only

tar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa, years as service chair for the Greek Programming Board

given back to the community and the school,

and my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, summers at the Carter Center’s Human Rights Program and on

but I have made many great friends with whom I

Capitol Hill, and a semester as an English teacher while abroad in Egypt, I’ve seen the myriad

have shared countless adventures and memories.

shapes service can take. On the Horseshoe, I feel the presence of family members who have trod

My time here at USC has been truly unforgettable,

the same bricks before me; their influence has driven me to love and serve Carolina and uphold

and I will cherish it always.

its principles outside the Horseshoe gates. The more I learn from my experiences at Carolina

Drew will work as a strategic management consultant for Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations Group in Dallas starting in August.


Helen’s sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, donated the wrought-iron gates of the Horseshoe to USC in 1982. Balancing her dedication to ZTA’s national philanthropy (breast cancer education and awareness) with service to the USC and Columbia communities, her University leadership, and academic focus on Middle East policy has been the great challenge of her collegiate experience.

and around the world, the more strongly I feel pulled to serve. Learning humanizes character and does not permit true scholars to stand idly by. Helen will work in the field of federal legislative policy after graduation, concentrating on the American role in the Middle East and particularly in Israel and the Palestinian territories. She plans to eventually pursue a master’s in international relations and a Juris Doctor in international security law.


jim Manning

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar William H. Duncan Scholarship A.C. Flora High School Forest Acres, S.C. Mathematics and Statistics Jim enjoys a snow day in front of Eliot College at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK.


Carolina Scholar, Jim Manning, received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan, the University’s highest undergraduate honor. Sullivan awards are given each year to one male and one female graduating senior for their outstanding achievements, campus leadership, exemplary character and service to the community. The award is named for the 19th-century New York lawyer and philanthropist.


During my time at Carolina, I have served in various student organizations

As I sat in many conference rooms this final

and conducted research in economics and political science. While I majored in

semester, surrounded by dozens of other

math and statistics, my interests lie in applying those skills to understand and explain

graduate school candidates, I couldn’t help

human behavior. Participating in summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates

but notice that I was one of the only students

(REUs) at the University of Illinois and Rutgers University allowed me to do so,

who did not attend an “Ivy League” school.

complementing what I learned in the classroom at USC. During the school year, I

I also couldn’t help but notice that I was one

stayed busy with Student Government and the Residence Hall Association, serving as

of the few students there who was happy, well-

a senator in both bodies, president of RHA and chief justice of the SG Constitutional

rounded, and well-tanned. During the final stages

Council. I was also actively involved with Pi Mu Epsilon, our mathematics honor

of my college career, interviewing at graduate

society. Some of my favorite experiences came while studying abroad in England, with

schools has really put my education at Carolina

an Honors College Maymester course and for a full semester the fall of my senior year.

in perspective. While at USC, I have been able

However, the high point of that term was flying back to the States to represent the

to easily fund my undergraduate research, have

University as a Rhodes Finalist. For the past four years, Carolina has allowed me to

participated in internships through NSF and the

pursue my passions in and out of the classroom and opened the world’s doors to me. I

Mayo Clinic, and have been encouraged to seek

am thankful for the opportunities I’ve had and the friends I made along the way, and I

out national fellowships. My competitors have

look forward to the next chapter of my life. Jim will attend law school next year at the University of Virginia.

done the same at their respective institutions, so what’s the difference? I’ve been able to cheer on the Gamecocks at every home football game, and take the weekend off to go stroll on a beach in Charleston. I was a teaching assistant for a rock

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climbing class, and I took a summer art course in northern Italy. While I could be intimidated by those with a pretentious education, I am instead confident that my college experience at Carolina makes me an even better candidate. Being at USC not only qualifies you to hang with the best, but

M c Na i r S c h o l ar Dobyns-Bennett High School Kingsport, Tenn. Biomedical Engineering As a teaching assistant in USC’s rock climbing class, Emily traveled to North Carolina’s Pisgah Forest National Park nearly every other weekend to teach other students the basics of rock climbing and do some climbing herself. In this picture, Emily is on Looking Glass Rock. She says it was really rewarding to help others find an appreciation for a sport she loves. From seeing adventurous types pick up a new passion for climbing to encouraging students scared of heights to overcome their fears, it was a wonderful experience.

it gives you fun, memorable experiences that will stick with you past your resume. Emily will continue her studies in biomedical engineering in graduate school before pursuing a career in academia. She will begin her Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado.


During my four years at USC, Columbia has transformed from a humid, foreign land of

I’ve done a lot of things that I’d never

palmetto trees to a home, full of friends who have become my family and my mentors.

thought I’d do while at Carolina. I toured

Freshman year I jumped into as many clubs and groups as I could, from several honor societies

the countryside of England. I worked on

and Carolina Judicial Council to an ill-advised attempt at intramural sports. I immersed myself in

four political campaigns. I watched Carolina

campus culture, filling my time with meetings, movies at Russell House, concerts and late-night

beat both Alabama in football and Kentucky

impromptu road trips. Eventually I whittled down my interests and focused on my passions for

in basketball and then go on to win a national

storytelling in the form of journalism. It took me to Munich to root out the history of German

championship in baseball. I visited Athens,

legends and fairy tales on a Maymester, Dublin for a semester to see how another country’s media

Greece, for a week. And I learned how to

views the world and Charleston to immerse myself in arts and culture. But most rewarding were

dance. Out of all of these things, learning to

my nights at The Daily Gamecock newsroom, working my way up from a freelance writer to the managing editor (and one summer stint as editor-in-chief) of the paper that won first place in general excellence of college newspapers from the South Carolina Press Association my senior year. From reviewing art galleries to editing articles and laying out pages, The Daily Gamecock filled my life with equal parts stress and joy, but, along with some top-notch classroom instruction, the experience has prepared me for whatever life throws my way. Ellen will work as a multimedia intern for Media General covering the capitol for their Spartanburg and Myrtle Beach, S.C., television news stations.


dance has to be by far the most unexpected new hobby I picked up in college. Those who knew me well before college are probably laughing right now, because I would


probably be the last person they expected to become a regular shag dancer. Literally

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almost every Thursday while at Carolina, a

Sanderson High School Raleigh, N.C. Print Journalism Ellen spent countless nights in The Daily Gamecock newsroom, working hard to put a quality paper on stands five days a week, but also laughing with friends.

few of my friends and I would go to Jillian’s in the Vista and hone up our shagging skills. At first I wasn’t very enthused, but now it’s

brian Mesimer

car o l i n a S c h o l ar William H. Duncan Scholarship James F. Byrnes High School Moore, S.C. Philosophy and Religious Studies Brian Mesimer dances the night away with friend Molly Yates at Jillian’s in the Vista.


one of the favorite things I do every week. It’s a great way to have fun, relieve stress, and meet new people. Looking back on it all, it’s been an amazing ride, and it would not have been possible if it weren’t for the love of my family and the kindness and friendship of the Duncan family, one of Carolina’s finest families. It’s been a great ride! Brian will attend an evangelical seminary in the fall in order to pursue a Master of Divinity degree, and from there he will pursue either vocational ministry or further education.



I chose to attend USC four years ago because of the Carolina Scholars program, and I have never once regretted that decision. At the time, I knew about the scholarship money, the


free laptop, and all of the other included perks.

all about family. When I chose to attend USC, I defined my “Gamecock family” in the literal sense — my older sister, Megan, attended USC, and supporting the Gamecocks quickly became

However, what I didn’t know was that the pro-

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gram would introduce me to some of the most

Plano West Senior High School Plano, Texas Economics and Marketing

high achieving and compassionate people that I have ever met. I never expected to move into my freshman dorm and immediately develop

Marin enjoyed a number of activities on the University’s Horseshoe, from shagging lessons to watching a taping of ESPN’s “College GameDay.” Although she traveled to a number of different countries during her time at USC, she always considered the Horseshoe the center of her college experience.

lifelong friendships with fellow scholars, but that is exactly what happened. Today, I can truly say that being a member of the scholar community

a family affair. During my time at USC, my family grew. The friends I made my freshman year in Maxcy, with whom I learned to navigate USC and discovered Chicken Finger Wednesday, are irreplaceable. My Omega Phi Alpha sorority sisters taught me selflessness and the value of community service, and the friends I made as a member of the Roosevelt Institute’s executive

here at USC has helped me to become a better

board challenged me to engage myself in public

person. Without the guidance and support of my

policy and work to have an impact on the world

wonderful friends and mentors, my college career

around me. Just as my peers at USC became

would not have been nearly as successful. During

my family, the Horseshoe became my home.

my time here, I was fortunate enough to study

As a USC student, I traveled to South Africa,

abroad in both Taiwan and Italy. I was even able to use my time in Taiwan to explore my interest in international health policy. I also participated in numerous community service projects as

lauren Mozingo

a member of Omega Phi Alpha service soror-

Swaziland, Mozambique, Spain, Portugal and, equally notable, Atlanta, where I watched the Gamecocks play in their first-ever appearance in the SEC championship game. Still, I always came home to the Horseshoe, where I could

ity. As graduation nears, I remain grateful for the

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easily find a friendly face, the occasional Honors

opportunities provided for me by the Carolina

Bill Dukes/Longhorn Steaks of Columbia Scholarship Robert E. Lee Academy Lamar, S.C. Biology

Council movie night, and, for five semesters, my

Lauren’s picture was taken on the Pacific Coast of Taiwan during a summer study abroad trip.

always consider the Horseshoe home.

Scholars program and look forward to continuing my education as a Gamecock at the USC School of Medicine in the fall. Lauren will graduate with a degree in biology and a minor in medical humanities. She plans to attend medical school at the USC School of Medicine in the fall.


For me, the University of South Carolina is

dorm room. I am extremely grateful for all of the opportunities provided to me during my time at the University of South Carolina, and I will

Marin graduated in December 2010 and is currently living in Durban, South Africa, where she is a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She is pursuing a master’s degree in economic development at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.



I struggled to decide how best to summarize my Carolina experience for this True Scholar book. I put off the task until the last possible minute, all the while hoping that May’s exams, ceremonies and teary

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goodbyes would help me better evaluate these past four years in 300 words or less. Well, exam week is over, my

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cap and gown are now hanging in the closet beside old

Powell High School Powell, Tenn. Pharmacy

Halloween costumes, and, more than a few tears later, I find myself feeling about as boggled as ever, wondering what it all meant and where I should go from here.

Andrea had great fun in the compounding lab, working with anything from lotions to lozenges.

And so, while waiting for perfect clarity to descend, I’d

Over my four years at South Carolina, I’ve had many fun extracurricular experiences including, but not limited to, tutoring children, playing Frisbee football on the Horseshoe, getting dressed up for formal occasions and a Rich Man’s Night Out, and helping put together a Japanese Anime convention — the last of which I did three years in a row. I’ve made irreplaceable friends who have helped me find my own niche at USC and who have also introduced me to more different aspects of the Japanese pop culture. I’ve had classes that range from fun and interesting to dull and boring. I’ve also been accepted

better just beat the deadline and do the best I can now.

into the pharmacy college, where I had great fun getting

As a music major, I spent many hours practicing cello,

to know my fellow future pharmacists — more people

gradually developing better technique and deepening

whom I am proud to know — and compounding any-

my understanding of the instrument. Wonderfully varied

thing from lotions and lip balm to lollipops and lozenges,

classes (my favorites of which included honors semi-

all of which were great fun.

nars on existentialism, American literature and world spirituality) served as opportunities for both enjoyment and edification. Individual projects, such as a Magellansponsored collaboration with theatre director Robert Richmond and my senior thesis on J.D. Salinger, helped me gain confidence while further exploring my interests in theater and literature. I met some wonderful people, both students and professors, who taught me much more than academic curricula. In conclusion, my four years at USC have been a time of growth — musically, intellectually, creatively and personally. No, I don’t have it all figured out. I don’t even know where I will be or what I will be doing next year. But I do know that USC has enriched me immensely, and I am thankful for it. Carley will leave for Ireland on a four-month work abroad program after graduation. When she returns to South Carolina during the fall, she plans to apply to graduate schools for English.


carley P e ac e

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Charles Pinckney Scholarship Lexington High School Lexington, S.C. Cello Performance Carley performed solo cello music for the USC Mainstage production of Cyrano de Bergerac at Longstreet Theater (background). The performance was part of a Magellan research project.

Andrea will continue her studies in pharmacy, and after graduation she will work in the field of community pharmacy.


of the scholars who were enrolled this year received at least one national award during their tenure at USC.





Over the past four years, I have had more than my share of life experiences: learning a new language, making mistakes, meeting new people, falling in (and out) of love, agonizing over schoolwork, traveling abroad, being broke, spending a crazy summer in New York City, and

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P lo ck

Kit and James T. Pearce Sr. Scholarship Northwestern High School Rock Hill, S.C. Spanish and Comparative Literature

M c Na i r S c h o l ar Poudre High School Fort Collins, Colo. International Studies and French

Being a DJ at WUSC taught Olivia a lot about music and it’s where she met most of her friends.

Tegan realized three years into her degree that she would rather be a farmer than a diplomat, so she promptly went out and found an internship at City Roots, an urban organic farm where she hangs out with the chickens and occasionally helps with other farm chores.

discovering my passion, among other things. My life as an undergrad was far from perfect; there are things I should and could have done, but overall I don’t think I would change any of these experiences. I never wanted to use my time in college as an excuse to avoid “the real world,” and I like to think I tried to balance academics with service and involvement in life outside the bubble of the university. As graduation approaches, I am faced with pressures and expectations from others regarding success, but what’s more important to me are how I’ve grown as a person and how I will continue to develop my interests and talents beyond my time here. USC has afforded me a lot of opportunities, from traveling and studying abroad in Europe, North Africa, and


scholars and finalists served on the Carolina Judicial Council.

I know that everyone else will say this as well, but I’ll go ahead and confirm it:

South America, to a research assistantship at the Consor-

Deciding to come to USC was the best decision I’ve ever made. I say that with a caveat,

tium for Latino Immigration Studies, being a DJ at WUSC,

however: I didn’t want to come to Carolina, and once I did, I spent my first semester hating

and working with children as a volunteer English teacher.

Columbia and wanting to go home. Thanks to some wonderful new friends though (you know

My travels in Latin America have inspired me to become

who you are), I decided to stick it out through the first year, and voilà, they were right. I never

involved in the Latino community here in South Carolina as

would have had half of the opportunities elsewhere that I’ve had here at Carolina. Throughout

a volunteer and activist for immigrants’ rights, and I would

my four years, I studied abroad three times in three different cities in France. Each trip was

like to continue working with immigrant communities in

made possible by the generosity of various scholarship funds created by alumni, and led me to

the future. By giving me the chance to explore and under-

incredible experiences and friends now scattered all over the world. I also discovered a passion

stand the world a little better, the University of South Caro-

for environmental activism, and got extremely involved in the sustainability movement on

lina has taught me how to have a sense of appreciation and

campus and in the community. I never thought I would want to stay after graduation, but I feel

wonder rather than entitlement. And who knows what the

like there is still so much work to do ... and that classic Southern charm has got me thinking

future holds? I can only hope that I can build on my experi-

twice about leaving! When I graduate in December, I hope to join the Peace Corps before

ences and keep that sense of wonder with me wherever I go.

pursuing a master’s degree in agroecology — maybe I’ll be back after that! Tegan is graduating in December 2011 and plans to join the Peace Corps.


Olivia plans to travel and teach abroad and is currently applying for fellowships.


nick Riley

M c Na i r S c h o l ar Ballard High School Louisville, Ky. Chemistry and Psychology Although he is always busy doing something, Nick makes sure to find time to relax on the Horseshoe and enjoy his favorite part of campus, even if it is only for 20 minutes between classes, meetings and rugby practice.

I have lived my years at Carolina by the motto, “To

The University of South Carolina not only provided an excellent

whom much is given, much is expected,” and I have

foundation, but it also gave me outstanding opportunities to

done everything I could to live my undergraduate

apply what I learned in the classroom. I particularly enjoyed working

time to the fullest. I was involved in a variety of different

as a research assistant studying heart valves at the School of Medicine.

organizations on campus and enjoyed giving back to

The study abroad trips to Europe, Latin America and Africa helped me

the Carolina community. I served as a resident mentor

gain a much deeper understanding of global issues. One of the most

for two years, a University ambassador for four years, an

interesting experiences I had was working for an ambulance service in

orientation leader and team leader for two years, and a

San Jose, Costa Rica.

peer leader in the University 101 Program for three years. I also enjoyed being involved in leadership roles with

Robert will attend medical school in the fall at MUSC.

robert Rolfe

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Kit and James T. Pearce Sr. Scholarship Irmo High School Columbia, S.C. Chemistry and Spanish Robert and his brother Andrew enjoy kayaking.

the Waverly After School Program, the Honors Council, and the McNair Scholars Association. One of my biggest contributions came with my involvement in founding the Pillars for Carolina extended orientation program. I knew, however, that all work and no play would make me quite the dull boy, so I always made time for sports and friends. I played a variety of intramural sports and played men’s club volleyball for two years and men’s club rugby for four years. Friends were the most important part of the Carolina experience, though, and I loved spending time with them anytime I could, whether it be hanging out on the Horseshoe (my favorite part of campus) and throwing a frisbee or rugby ball around or going out to dinner or going on road trips. I am excited about the future and look to use the wonderful experiences I have had at USC to continue to create opportunities that benefit both my growth as a person and the growth of the communities around me. Nick will continue his studies at Carolina for a fifth year, allowing him to investigate more graduate school opportunities during that time. As he always says, he feels like he has more left do at Carolina before he graduates. Nick is considering a variety of options for graduate school, including a Ph.D. in Chemistry, graduate school abroad, and medical science training programs, which offer a dual M.D/Ph.D. degree.



tara Ta e

M c Na i r S c h o l ar Oak Ridge High School Oak Ridge, Tenn. Exercise Science


Tara and her “little sister,” Mariana, paint with watercolors in the library of E. E. Taylor Elementary school.

S a l i sb u r y

Dr. French taught Allison in three courses, including a Maymester on English castles and cathedrals. He is also her role model in mindfulness and spiritual inquiry.

country and track and field team during my four years of college. From my participation in collegiate athletics, I became interested in the research fields of performance and health. I worked for an exercise science research lab where I piloted a study about the effects of muscadine grapes on tumor inflammation in a mouse model. Through the Magellan Scholar Program, I had the opportunity to conduct a study about iron deficiency anemia in Cape Town, South Africa. While collecting data for my study, I

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Pierce Butler Scholarship Dreher High School Columbia, S.C. Psychology

I was a member of the USC cross

lived and volunteered in the Khayelitsha township. I am writing my senior thesis I can only explain how USC has shaped me through the sheer variety of my experiences. Starting out as an English major and finishing with a degree in psychology, I have been able to take a wide range of courses. Some of my favorite professors and most illuminating subjects have come from outside my major, including religious studies, philosophy, marine science, and literature. This openness led me to explore interests that became integral to my identity. Over the years, I have spent time with kids after school in the Waverly Program, learned what it means to advocate women’s rights in the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, been a DJ for WUSC, and become passionate about mental health awareness on college campuses. Without this scholarship, I never would have been able to take a Maymester in England or spend a semester in Buenos Aires. Through my travels, I have felt a greater sense of continuity between lessons learned here in Columbia and the diversity of the world beyond. College has given me a solid basis for further inquiry, and I will leave USC with an open mind, curiosity and commitment to affecting change.

about the impact of urban gardens using the data I collected from interviews with the women living in Khayelitsha. During my time at USC I volunteered at the Free Medical Clinic and with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. I visited my “little sister” [pictured] once a week at E.E. Taylor Elementary School. Our favorite activities included making bracelets, doing multiplication flash cards and playing chutes and ladders. Next year I will attend the University of Tennessee College of Medicine to pursue a career as a pediatrician. Tara will attend medical school at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.

Alison plans to work for a year or two before pursuing graduate school in psychology, specializing in counseling or child advocacy.



devon Tay lo r

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar A.T. and Frances Chalk Scholarship Pelion High School Lexington, S.C. International Business and Entrepreneurial Management Devon has been a resident mentor since his sophomore year, and it’s one of the things he will remember most about his college years. He feels he had a positive impact on his residents, and he knows that they had a positive impact on him.

For the past three years at USC, I’ve had the honor of working

When I first came to USC, I regarded the

for University Housing here at USC as a resident mentor. Being

college experience as little more than

an RM has allowed me to make a positive impact on the lives and

the required means to a desirable end:

collegiate careers of many freshman students. At the end of my

my incredibly amazing future that would

college career, I would like to believe that this has been my greatest

somehow fall into place after graduation.

achievement. Besides the first-class education that I get to take away

My entire life existed on this theoretical timeline,

from my time here, I am glad I will walk across the stage and leave the

with some of the notches being fuzzier than

University with strong relationships that will continually influence me

others, but always with an almost palpable flow

as I strive to succeed in the future.

that would marshal all my experiences in the organized direction of said future. Slowly, I began

Devon will pursue a master’s degree in human resources before working for a multinational corporation in Latin America. He was just accepted to the Moore School of Business.

to realize that although college was a substantial notch on that timeline, the finer notches really define who you are and where you will be. Cliché, I know.  Notches like a study abroad trip to Costa Rica (where I swam in an ice cold, translucent river to get to a towering waterfall, ate pineapple every day, and jumped off a 300 foot bridge) helped reinforce a passion for life

marissa T h o mas

car o l i n a S c h o l ar Edward R. Ginn III Scholarship and Charles Pinckney Scholarship Irmo High School Columbia, S.C. International Studies and Criminal Justice Marissa takes Cachet for walks along the Riverwalk to relax after a rough day … or rather Cachet walks Marissa.

that can often get lost in the chaos of term papers and final exams. USC courses like Shakespeare and the History of Hip Hop were intriguing and fun, while classes like Counterterrorism and Homeland Security really encouraged me to figure out my next notch at a grad program in California. The Riverfront Park downtown is my place for silent reverie, where I discovered that USC was not merely a means to, but rather an integral part of, my future, a future that began way before I could put it on a timeline.  Marissa is headed to graduate school for terrorism studies at the Monterrey Institute for International Studies in Monterrey, Calif. She plans to become a federal law enforcement officer working in the Department of Defense or the State Department.



My friends say that if USC offered a major in being interesting and learning lots about everything I would have earned a doctorate by now. I love to learn, and thankfully my years at Carolina have provided countless opportunities to do just that. The day I stepped on campus I learned the importance of “a good set of pearls” to survive in this state, and that was just

many a photo album on Facebook. I am happy to look back and see some


of the same faces from freshman year in Maxcy Residence Hall in my newest

M c Na i r S c h o l ar

albums, celebrating 21st birthdays and

Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences Chattanooga, Tenn. Nursing

traveling to Disney World together. I can also see photos of new places like York, England, and Rettenberg,

Taylor was a YoungLife leader at A.C. Flora, mentoring high school girls throughout her years at Carolina.

Germany, all courtesy of a year spent

the beginning. With seven (yes, seven)

abroad at the University of Leeds in the

different intended majors I created for

United Kingdom. Some of the places in

myself a well-rounded education learning

the photos are all too familiar, like the

everything from political science to

Horseshoe, Williams-Brice stadium and

calculus to nursing theory. I learned to

downtown Columbia. But none of these

love Carolina football and how to develop

pictures would have come about without

friendships that will last a lifetime. I

USC. The memories I have made with

learned to speak Chinese in Taiwan and

the people here will be with me for the

how to navigate solo travel in Europe. I learned how to be a good leader through YoungLife and walk in true community at Midtown. I have learned to take advantage of the many opportunities I was given everyday by the Carolina community and am a better person for it. Taylor will continue her studies in nursing for another year and then work for an international medical nonprofit.



My four years at Carolina have filled

alexandria Trac y

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Bank of America Scholarship Berkeley High School Pinopolis, S.C. International Studies

rest of my life even if, by some chance, Facebook becomes obsolete and my photo albums sink into the abyss of things lost on the Internet. Alexandria plans to spend next year working and traveling, saving up for graduate school. She is considering graduate school in the next two or three years to pursue a master’s degree in international or diplomatic relations.

Alex playing for her roommates, a common occurrence for their four years living together.




w e e ks


C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar

A.T. and Frances Chalk Scholarship South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Summerville, S.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae: English, Ecology, and Environmental Studies

Mr. and Mrs. Tom B. Pearce Scholarship Paul M. Dorman High School Spartanburg, S.C. Psychology and Neuroscience

Erin stands in Harbison State Forest, where stands of Pinus palustris, the longleaf pine, have been replanted. Her education in the tragic and rarely told story of this species — which once dominated the American Southeast — has instilled in her a love for the conservation and restoration of South Carolinian landscapes, which became the topic of her senior thesis.

Four years ago, a tide of disappointment accompanied the prospect of attending college in the state from which I’d long been plotting an escape. While friends and classmates celebrated enrollment in universities spanning the East Coast, my own anticipation of four more years in South Carolina was laced with chagrin. Wary of my capacity for more humid summers and contentious politics, I assumed my undergraduate career would be defined by a determination to permanently renounce the Deep South. I could not have fathomed that my time in Columbia would do precisely the opposite. My transformation to a passionate representative of my school and my state has not been coincidental. The resources and opportunities available to me as a student in the Honors Col-

As a second-generation Indian immigrant raised in the Upstate, I did not expect to find particular novelty and uniqueness at a South Carolina university. Though completely happy to attend USC, I expected more of the same — a continuation of high school, essentially. I did not expect to meet such a varied and diverse group of students nor to be given opportunities that matched those offered by the most prominent of universities. When I arrived at USC and began exploring academic and extracurricular opportunities, I realized that my initial expectations could not have been more naïve and short-sighted. As a freshman, I joined Sringara, an Indian dance team based in the classical style, Bharatnatyam.

lege shaped an academic trajectory rooted in the literal soil and ecology of South Carolina. My jobs,

I loved this group, as I made lasting friendships and performed both at USC and at intercol-

internships and research experience — with institutions like the S.C. Aquarium, Santee Cooper, and

legiate shows elsewhere. Sophomore year, I joined Carolinians Combating Poverty. Through

Columbia’s own City Roots farm — have taken me to the rural corners of the state and taught me the

the club, I organized a fundraiser for the education of orphans and destitute children in

incredible breadth and beauty of South Carolina’s native flora, fauna, and natural history. By coming to know and love the land, I have come to better comprehend the cultural, historical, and political impulses of its people, and to apply the global lessons of my course work to a local framework. This process has engendered the profoundest intellectual joys I have known, making my time at Carolina a strange kind of homecoming. In the coming years, my education and career finally will take me away from South Carolina. This time, I will leave not with the scorn of a rootless student, but with the muted happiness of a daughter who knows she will return. Erin has been hired by the Sierra Club in Washington, D.C., to work on the federal policy team of their Resilient Habitats Campaign. She hopes to return to graduate school in a year to pursue a degree in science writing.


One of Shalika’s favorite experiences while attending Carolina and living in Columbia was her evening runs in and around campus. Particularly senior year, she found her runs to be perfect times for reflection:  her entire time at USC would coalesce as virtually each building, restaurant or natural feature would be tagged with a specific memory.  In this picture, Shalika is hanging out on the river, as both running along the river and swimming in it are some of the best memories she has of the area!


Carolina and McNair Scholars were enrolled at USC for the 2010–2011 school year.

New Delhi, “Slum Dogs No More.” Junior year, I embarked on a life-changing Maymester study abroad experience in Italy. Senior year, I had the opportunity to create a meaningful senior thesis — a memoir of my grandfather’s experience in British India. Each of these yeardefining experiences broadened and refreshed my philosophy of life. Reflecting on the past few years, I realize how my time at Carolina has transformed me. I came here harboring big dreams, and I attest with full confidence that Carolina helped me fulfill them. Shalika will attend medical school at MUSC this fall. As of now, she plans to specialize in pediatric behavioral neurology.




Yag h y

When I entered the University four years ago, I was excited about beginning a new chapter in my life; however, I was also anxious because I had no idea what the outcome would be. At the end of my

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar

W i l l i ams

Kit and James T. Pearce Sr. Scholarship A. C. Flora High School Columbia, S.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae in Musicology, Philosophy and Cultural Studies

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Bank of America Scholarship Paul M. Dorman High School Spartanburg, S.C. Finance and Management

The USC School of Music library was one of Walid’s favorite places to immerse himself in music-related literature.

The Horseshoe has been Bradley’s home all four years of college. He wanted to be photographed with his banjo since his senior thesis was centered around that aspect of his life.

undergraduate career, I can say with confidence that my tenure at USC has been marked by many beautiful and formative experiences that have afforded me a clearer picture of the directions I will take in the future. My studies in philosophy and culture continuously caused me to expand my interests regarding music and art in general. I have come to develop a love for all things within the humanities sphere. I will always think fondly of the fruitful discussions I had with professors like Dr. Bain, Dr. Donougho, Dr. Beckman and Dr. Stuart. These individuals were not simply my professors; they became dear friends. They


scholars won national fellowships or scholarships this year.


Receiving the Carolina Scholarship was a dream come true. Being a first-genera-

pushed me to think for myself and always gave

tion college student, it was important for me to show my gratitude by taking advan-

me a forum in which to express my ideas. I will

tage of the many great opportunities afforded to me by the University. During my time

miss being a performer, and I am grateful for

here I held many important roles, including the office of president in the Residence

the many wonderful opportunities I’ve had to

Hall Association. I devoted much of my extracurricular involvement to serving other

play percussion through numerous venues here

on-campus residents by overseeing programming, advocacy initiatives and sustainable

at USC — especially my years performing with

projects. Getting involved and taking leadership roles are integral to getting the most

Dr. Portnoy and the USC Symphony Orchestra.

from your college experience. I also spent two years working downtown with the

A period of my life is coming to a close, but

Davidson-McNair Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. This real-world experience

this ending marks another beginning. I know

complemented my academic course work perfectly. On a sunny day I liked to play my

my memories of my time at USC will be a great

banjo on the historic Horseshoe, a talent that provided the basis for my senior thesis. I

foundation for the next step.

plan to remain a very active member of the Carolina Community for years to come. Brad will move to Winston-Salem, N.C., in July to enter BB&T’s 10-month Leadership Development Program. He will later join BB&T’s Private Financial Services division.

Walid is planning on entering graduate school for musicology in a few years. In the meantime, he plans to go through an English teacher certification program and gain experience as a teacher in the United States or elsewhere in the world.


Lauren Koch

Hannah Van Patten

Jennifer M. and Mack I. Whittle Scholarship S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Anderson, S.C. Theatre

Class of 1942 Scholarship S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Columbia, S.C. Anthropology and Biology

Chase Levinson Student Government Scholarship A.C. Flora High School Columbia, S.C. Economics

Mr. and Mrs. Julius H. Walker Scholarship Dutch Fork High School Irmo, S.C. Public Relations

Shannon Looney

Payton Wanstreet

Henry Laurens Scholarship South Aiken High School Aiken, S.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae

Eleanor V. and Nicholas K. Moore Scholarship Hanahan High School Hanahan, S.C. Chemical Engineering

Courtney Marsh

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C ar o l i n a S c h o l ars Reggie Bain Olin D. Johnston Memorial Scholarship Irmo High School Columbia, S.C. Physics and Mathematics

Katie Boland Ada B. Thomas Scholarship and Mary B.M. Pearce Johnston and James T. Pearce Jr. Scholarship Cardinal Newman High School Columbia, S.C. Biology

Megan Britt John Rutledge Scholarship Camden High School Camden, S.C. German and Psychology


Matt Casedonte

Joseph Goldstein

Jennifer M. and Mack I. Whittle Scholarship S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Anderson, S.C. International Business and Global Supply Chain and Operations Management

Interfraternity Council-Panhellenic Scholarship, John Thomas Langston Scholarship and Blair Standridge Memorial Scholarship James Island Charter High School Charleston, S.C. International Business and Finance

Christina Galardi

James A. Morris Scholarship A.C. Flora High School Columbia, S.C. Business and Hospitality Management

Mary Meech and Michael J. Mungo Scholarship Lexington High School Lexington, S.C. Public Relations

Mary Glenn Julia and Spud Spadoni Scholarship Carolina Forest High School Conway, S.C. Accounting

Anna Hegquist

Sam Johnson Student Government Scholarship Lexington High School Lexington, S.C. Biology

Lauren Wallace

Caroline and Susan R. Guignard Scholarship Wando High School Isle of Palms, S.C. Biology

Alyssa Weeks

Ben McIntosh

Jasmine Whelan

John Rutledge Scholarship Emerald High School Greenwood, S.C. Biology

James A. Morris Scholarship Wilson High School Florence, S.C. Russian and International Studies

Maliek McKnight

Elizabeth Wilson

John Rutledge Scholarship S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Columbia, S.C. Computer Science

First Citizens Bank Corporation Scholarship Georgetown High School Georgetown, S.C. International Business, Finance, Marketing, Management Science and Real Estate

Michelle Nations John Rutledge Scholarship Ben Lippen High School Columbia, S.C. Pharmacy

Jackie Parnell II USC Athletic Department Scholarship Blythewood High School Blythewood, S.C. Finance

Jim Talbert Pepsi-Cola Company Scholarship Waccamaw High School Pawleys Island, S.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae

Jack S. Graybill Scholarship Blythewood High School Blythewood, S.C. International Studies and Spanish

Susi Wolff Jennifer M. and Mack I. Whittle Scholarship Southside High School Mauldin, S.C. International Studies, International Business, and Global Supply Chain and Operations Management

M c Na i r S c h o l ars

Brooke McAbee

Bryarly Bishop

Saint Mary’s School Charlotte, N.C. English, writing concentration

Lassiter High School Roswell, Ga. European Studies

Tracy Brader William G. Enloe High School Raleigh, N.C. English

Jackie Cantwell Milton High School Alpharetta, Ga. Chemistry

Caroline Crouch Huntsville High School Huntsville, Ala. International Business, Management and Marketing

Jade Davis East Rutherford High School Ellenboro, N.C. Marketing and Human Resources Management

Molly Doggett Middletown High School Middletown, Md. International Studies

Gillian Fishman Laurel School Novelty, Ohio International Business and Marketing

Daniel Hains Jay M. Robinson High School Concord, N.C. Political Science

Katie Harris Saint Mary’s Dominican High School New Orleans, La. Exercise Science

Robert Knox Blessed Trinity Catholic High School Marietta, Ga. International Business and Finance

Mark Kremer Myers Park High School Charlotte, N.C. English

Jessica Michal Academy of Our Lady of Mercy Crestwood, Ky. Pharmacy

Jackson Midyette Western Branch High School Chesapeake, Va. English

Sara Moore Wake Forest-Rolesville High School Wake Forest, N.C. Public Relations

Russ Purdy McCallie School Lexington, Ky. International Business and Finance

Nicole Rheinlander Rochester Adams High School Rochester Hills, Mich. International Business and Accounting

Caitlin Strachan Troy High School Troy, Ohio Geography

Ryan Teel West Rowan High School Salisbury, N.C. Chemical Engineering

Stephen Timko Vicksburg High School Vicksburg, Mich. Marine Science and Chemistry

Kody Walter Medina Senior High School Medina, Ohio Film Studies

India Wells Walt Whitman High School Takoma Park, Md. International Business and Management Science (Global Supply Chain Operations and Management)


Tyler French

Elise Porter

Kali Esancy

Jenni Knight

William B. Douglas Scholarship Wade Hampton High School Taylors, S.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae

S.C. State Fair Scholarship Home Schooled Columbia, S.C. English

North Mecklenburg High School Huntersville, N.C. Biology and French

E C Glass High School Lynchburg, Va. Broadcast Journalism

Katherine Gause

Sarah Robbins

Tom Finch

Michael Lambert

Grace King Merchant Scholarship West Florence High School Florence, S.C. International Business, Marketing and English

Classes of 1936, 1937 and 1966 Scholarship Carolina Forest High School Conway, S.C. Pharmacy

J M Atherton High School Louisville, Ky. Political Science

Alabama School of Fine Arts Helena, Ala. English and French

Kara Garrott

Kyra Marsigliano

Ben Haggard

Tori Seigler

Cypress Creek High School Gotha, Fla. Biomedical Engineering

Bard High School Early College Staten Island, N.Y. Marine Science

Isabelle Caldwell Penland Scholarship Lexington High School Lexington, S.C. Electrical Engineering

Thomas Moore Scholarship North Augusta High School North Augusta, S.C. Biomedical Engineering

Christopher Gauger

Maddie McDowell

Kirstie Hewson

Garrett Snipes

A C Reynolds High Asheville, N.C. Pharmacy

Saint John’s School Houston, Texas Advertising

Ralph David Neuman Scholarship White Knoll High School West Columbia, S.C. Psychology

William B. Douglas Scholarship Riverside High School Greer, S.C. Public Health

Trey Gordner

Clay Mettens

Jack Britt High School Fayetteville, N.C. International Business

Scott High School Covington, Ky. Music Composition

Amit Kumar

Mark Taylor

Emily Graczyk

Hannah Miller

Patrick L. Tomlin Scholarship Riverside High School Greer, S.C. Broadcast Journalism

R.L. Bryan Company Scholarship South Aiken High School Aiken, S.C. Biology and History

East Rowan High School Salisbury, N.C. Biomedical Engineering

Riverwood High School Atlanta, Ga. International Studies and Economics

Adam Griffith

Ross Roessler

Sullivan South High School Kingsport, Tenn. Chemistry

Worcester Preparatory School Bishopville, Md. Computer Engineering

Timothy Hamrick

Amy Upshaw

East Rutherford High School Bostic, N.C. Mathematics

Sullivan South High School Kingsport, Tenn. International Studies

Amy Hill Carroll

Amanda Williams

Radford High School Radford, Va. Chemistry

Milton High School Milton, Ga. Biomedical Engineering

Lizzie Mahoney J. Willis Cantey Scholarship Aiken High School Aiken, S.C. Public Relations

Danya Nayfeh

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C ar o l i n a S c h o l ars Artem Aleshin University Associates Scholarship Dreher High School Columbia, S.C. Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics

Greer Baxter Joseph Land Scholarship Carolina Forest High School Myrtle Beach, S.C. Pharmacy


Purva Choudhari Class of 1964 Reunion Fund Scholarship Orangeburg Preparatory Schools Orangeburg, S.C. Chemical Engineering

Rachel Despres Chris Vlahoplus Scholarship Ben Lippen School Columbia, S.C. Spanish, International Studies

Cole Franks William B. Douglas Scholarship Southside High School Greenville, S.C. Mathematics and Physics

Class of 1965 Reunion Fund Scholarship Lugoff-Elgin High School Lugoff, S.C. International Studies

Christine Noonan Class of 1967 Scholarship South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Beaufort, S.C. Biology

Katie Pennington Progress Energy Scholarship Brookland-Cayce High School Cayce, S.C. Pharmacy

M c Na i r sc h o l ars Paulina Berkovich Laurel School Cleveland, Ohio International Business and Marketing

Megan Brown Seven Lakes High School Katy, Texas Public Health

Brooke Carroll Castle High School Newburgh, Ind. Biomedical Engineering and English

Janet Crook The School of Math, Engineering, Technology and Science at Olympic High School Charlotte, N.C. Pharmacy

Hali Kerr Dulaney High School Cockeysville, Md. Marine Science

Adam Kess Centennial High School Roswell, Ga. International Business


Alice Chang

Niki Koutroulakis

Clyde C. Rice Scholarship S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Summerville, S.C. International Business and Economics

Bernice and Mason Hubbard Scholarship Dreher High School Columbia, S.C. Undeclared

Will Culp

Sarah Law

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Scholarship Christ Church Episcopal School Greenville, S.C. International Business and History

Carolina Alumni Association Scholarship Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Elgin, S.C. Biological Science

Tina Drake

Emily Padget

Thomas B. Pearce Scholarship Dutch Fork High School Irmo, S.C. Biomedical Engineering

Bank of America Scholarship Richland Northeast High School Columbia, S.C. Political Science

Leila Heidari

Savannah Poskevich

Class of 1939 Reunion Fund Scholarship Cardinal Newman High School Columbia, S.C. Biology

Class of 1953 Scholarship Dorman High School Moore, S.C. Pharmacy

Katie Rose Higgins

William H. and Ruth C. Bond Scholarship S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Greenville, S.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae

Wachovia Bank of S.C. Scholarship First Baptist Church School Charleston, S.C. Business

Michael Hood Class of 1938 Scholarship Irmo High School Irmo, S.C. Biomedical Engineering

Priyanka Juneja

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C ar o l i n a S c h o l ars Avnika Amin William B. Douglas Scholarship Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Columbia, S.C. Biomedical Engineering and International Studies

Runjhun Bhatia G.G. Dowling Scholarship Riverside High School Greer, S.C. Public Health


Marc-Olivier Blais USC Athletic Department Scholarship Dutch Fork High School Irmo, S.C. Chemical Engineering

Lawton Burkhalter David W. Robinson Scholarship Chapin High School Chapin, S.C. Chemical Engineering

Bank of America Scholarship Dutch Fork High School Irmo, S.C. International Business

Jessica Kaczmarek Kit and James T. Pearce Sr. Scholarship North Augusta High School North Augusta, S.C. Chemistry

Jake Ross

Samruddhi Somani Caroline and Susan R. Guignard Scholarship Northwood Academy Summerville, S.C. Economics

Felician Stratmann Bank of America Scholarship Dutch Fork High School Irmo, S.C. Finance and Accounting

Mackenzie Sunday R.C. McEntire and Company Inc. Scholarship A.C. Flora High School Columbia, S.C. Psychology

M c Na i r sc h o l ars

Sally Harrill

Tim Barnhill

East Rutherford High School Bostic, N.C. Psychology

Cypress Woods High School Cypress, Texas Chemical Engineering

Matt Barragan Terry Sanford Senior High School Fayetteville, N.C. Civil Engineering

Salem Carriker North Mecklenburg High School Huntersville, N.C. Anthropology

Chance Cockrell Southeast Guilford High School Julian, N.C. Math and French

Cameron Cox Douglas Southall Freeman High School Richmond, Va. International Studies

Brendan Croom duPont Manual High School Louisville, Ky. Mechanical Engineering

Megan Early Myers Park High School Charlotte, N.C. Business and Fashion Merchandising

Sarah Ellis West Forsyth High School Clemmons, N.C. Print Journalism

Elizabeth Farmer Anderson High School Cincinnati, Ohio French and Spanish

Rachael Foust Oak Ridge High School Oak Ridge, Tenn. Business

Brad Harris Worcester Preparatory School Rehoboth Beach, Del. Mechanical Engineering

Kathryn Kingsmore South Mecklenburg High School Charlotte, N.C. Biomedical Engineering

Gerry Koons Radnor High School Wayne, Pa. Biomedical Engineering

Jacob LeGrone South Mecklenburg High School Pineville, N.C. Arts and Sciences

Clara Logue Jefferson High School Jefferson, Ga. Music Performance

Noël Marsh Wilde Lake High School Ellicott City, Md. English

Devin Pascoe Stanton College Preparatory School Jacksonville, Fla. Advertising

Elizabeth Sinclair Cor Jesu Academy St. Louis, Mo. Accounting

Allie Turgeon Rham High School Andover, Conn. Biology and Spanish

Luke Wachsmuth Cartersville High School Kingston, Ga. Biology


First-Year Scholar Mentors Dr. Abdel Bayoumi, Professor, Mechanical Engineering Dr. Nancy Buchan, Associate Professor, Business Professor Jim Burns, Associate Dean, S.C. Honors College Dr. Erin Connolly, Professor, Biology Dr. Chaden Djalali, Chair, Physics and Astronomy Dr. Bonnie Drewniany, Associate Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications (Top to bottom) Emily Padget meets up with her mentor, Jill Frank, at the fall reception and cultural event. Sarah Law, middle left, listens to instructions and ideas from her teammates as they navigate a teamwork exercise during a day at the ropes course. First-year scholar Tyler Alion with his mentor from physics, Sanjib Mishra.

Dr. Tom Hughes, Lecturer, Business Dr. Ken Kelly, Professor, Anthropology Dr. Catherine Keyser, Assistant Professor, English Dr. Jamil Khan, Chair, Mechanical Engineering Dr. Bret Kloos, Associate Professor, Psychology Dr. Sue Lessner, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine Professor Mariah Lynch, Lecturer, Business

Dr. Wally Peters, Professor, Mechanical Engineering Professor Robert Pruzin, Associate Dean, Music Dr. Esther Richey, Associate Professor, English Dr. Jane Roberts, Associate Professor, Psychology Dr. Randall Rowen, Dean, Pharmacy Dr. Dan Sabia, Chair, Political Science

Dr. Waleed El-Ansary, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

Dr. Melayne McInnes, Associate Dean, Business

Professor Virginia Shervette, Research Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

Dr. Kate Flory, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Dr. April Miller, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy

Dr. Rich Showman, Associate Professor, Biology

Dr. Randy Folks, Professor, Business

Dr. Sanjib Mishra, Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Dr. David Simmons, Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Dr. Jill Frank, Associate Professor, Political Science

Dr. Melissa Moss, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

Dr. Tangali Sudarshan, Chair, Electrical Engineering

Dr. Francis Gadala-Maria, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Professor Lucille Mould, Senior Instructor, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Dr. Mike Sutton, Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Lawrence Glickman, Professor, History

Dr. Rekha Patel, Associate Professor, Biology

Dr. Scott Goode, Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Michael Perkins, Assistant Dean, Engineering and Computing

Dr. Sam Hastings, Professor, Library and Information Science Dr. David Hudgens, Professor, Business

Dr. Jeff Persels, Associate Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Dr. Jennifer Vendemia, Associate Professor, Psychology

National Fellows Carolina and McNair Scholars continue to lead the headlines as finalists and winners of the nation’s most prestigious fellowships and scholarships. University students won 48 national awards this year, and many of those were won by scholars. Here are a few highlights. McNair Scholar Emily Matherly earned a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which will fund three years of her doctoral work in biomedical engineering at the University of Colorado. McNair Scholar Bryarly Bishop was awarded a Gilman scholarship for her study abroad experience at Swansea University in Wales. The winning Goldwater tradition continues at the University. For 19 consecutive years, one or more Carolina students have been awarded a Goldwater scholarship. The University can nominate four students each year, and this year three of our four nominees were recognized — and all are Carolina or McNair scholars! Carolina Scholars Reggie Bain and Jim Talbert were both awarded scholarships, and McNair Scholar Jackie Cantwell earned an honorable mention. Carolina Scholar Jim Manning represented us well as a Rhodes Scholar Finalist and says his experience with the Rhodes process buoyed him in his law school applications and acceptances, which were many and impressive. He accepted an invitation to the University of Virginia’s law school. McNair Scholar Daniel Hains was a Truman Scholar Finalist, joining the exceptional group of scholars who have advanced in this prestigious public service competition. Hali Kerr and Kyra Marsigliano, both McNair Scholars, were selected as NOAA Hollings Scholars. Hali also earned a Udall Scholarship. We were especially pleased to welcome back Nathan Saunders, Carolina Scholar Class of 2002. He is a doctoral student in the University’s history program this year and also received the prestigious Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Nathan was a Madison Fellow as a senior, and his career path led him from teaching to the ministry before he returned to the classroom.

Carolina Scholars Jim Talbert (left) and Reggie Bain are Barry M. Goldwater Scholars. McNair Scholar Jackie Cantwell (middle) is a Goldwater Honorable Mention. Cantwell went on to win a DAAD Rise Award for summer research in Germany. Bryarly Bishop, a McNair junior, won a Gilman Scholarship for study abroad. She spent the spring semester at Swansea University in Wales. Here, she visits London.

Dr. John Weidner, Professor, Chemical Engineering Professor Ernest Wiggins, Associate Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications Dr. Chris Williams, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Jim Manning


(Top to bottom) McNair Scholar Hali Kerr photographed with Dr. Jane Lubchenco, under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. Kerr spent her spring term in the Washington Semester program interning at NOAA headquarters.

Daniel Hains

Nathan Saunders

Emily Matherly

Kyra Marsigliano


Alumni Class of 1972 Betty Anne Williams

Class of 1973 James R. Banks John Michael Coxe Stanley David Hudnall Cynthia Lyle Ledbetter Robert Mathew Riley Richard Schwartz Linda Harvey Stephens William Stokes Taylor

Class of 1974 Christopher Thomas Bardi Susan C. Bryan Sarah B. Clarkson Brian Maurice Desatnik David Michael Garman William C. Hubbard Catherine F. Jervey Steven W. Lynn Jonathan Z. McKown Jr. Alex W. Ramsay James Gregory Welborn R. Marshall Winn III

Class of 1975 (Top to bottom) Carolina and McNair Scholars excel at academics, but also athletics. McNair Scholars Nicole Rheinlander and Tara Tae were both members of track/cross country, and Katie Rose Higgins played golf. Carolina Scholar Garrett Snipes (swimming/diving) and McNair Scholar Liz Sinclair (soccer) also played varsity sports. The McNair Scholars Program boasts five University ambassadors, members of a student group who are considered the “front door” of the campus by welcoming visitors in a variety of settings.: (front row) Brooke Carroll and Sara Moore (back row) Adam Kess, Nick Riley and Laura Musselman.

Terry Dugas Christine Hager Feely Armida Jennings Gilbert Anna Louise Larson Kathleen Crum McKinney William F. Rinehart Nancy Stepp Rogan Pamela George Stone

Class of 1976 Thomas R. Bolt Francenia B. Heizer James C. Howell Charles B. Murdock Kerry J. Northrup

Class of 1977 Joseph S. Brockington Porter W. Gregory III W. Lanier Laney Thomas R. McNeal Richard D. Michaelson Jr. Daniel N. Sansbury Caryle Schlea Vann

Class of 1978 Johnathan W. Bryan Wilson W. Bryan Edgar G. DesChamps III Daniel Dale Hanle William Martin Jones John B. McArthur


Melton Parris III Joseph D. Walker Cynthia P. Youmans

Class of 1979 Gilda Poteat Bocock Elizabeth A. Ferrell Cheryl Bernatonis Hrivnak Colleen Parry Jones Richard Kent Porth Janet Nale Teuber

Class of 1980 Michael Raymond Baum Karin Sabine Bierbrauer William A. Funderburk Jr. Janis Kruger Leaphart Thomas Joel Taylor Julia Ogle Turlington

Class of 1981 Carol Danner Benfield King Keith Giese Anna Maria Addison Hatfield Lawrence W. Kellner Arthur Dar Tai Sara House White Felicia Little Wilson

Class of 1982 Joel Shawn Brandon Karon Dawkins Harry S. Miley Lewis Phillips Jr. Susan Schilb Stewart Michael Scott Taggart

Class of 1983 Robert J. Breen Yu Liang Chen Anita Shah Hood Charles G. Hood D. Mark Husband Beatrice Gardner Jones Maria Feliciano Mackovjak Anne Elizabeth Patterson

Class of 1984 Vivian Fields Christopher Neal Lane Cuong Peter Le Delane Maxwell Julia J. Ostrover Stephanie Bradford Pritchett Terry Alan Smith Kate Magoffin Sutton Stephen D. Sydow David R. Wiles

Class of 1985 Diane Rose Carr Patrick M. Dom Susan Willis Dunlap Steven Thomas Hand Shelvia Gilliam Jamison Edwin Rudolph Jones III David Welsh Kuechler T. Keith Legare Benjamin Kevin Malphrus Michelle Sentell Morris E. Bryan Mozingo Allison L. Stein Tracy Gunter Terry Karen Leigh Watson

Class of 1986 Steve Legrand Altman Jr. Raymond Davis Amaker Suzette Surratt Caudle James William Cooper Reid Adam Davis Harold Franklin Jefferies Norma Anne Turner Jett Ruth Berg Patterson Everett Christian Rogers Margaret Walker Sedgwick Mark Alvin Watson Andrew Beard Wright Lolita Harney Youmans

Class of 1987 James L. Atkinson Catherine Linder Conte Kenneth Edward Dunlop David W. Dunn William Holmes Finch Jr. Alana Leaphart Griffin James Earl Harley Melissa Scott Howard Joseph Brent Lanford Noel M. Nachtigal Elizabeth Lucas Reynolds Susan Parker Shimp Jacob Patrick White

Class of 1988 Mary Seana Baruth Eric Browder Blough Hugh Alan Bruck Mark Andrew Caffrey Stuart Holmes Coleman John Edwin Coulter Lee S. Dixon Michael W. Hogue Vernon Brian Jackson III Neale Thomas Johnson Kevin Ward Krebs Judy H. Lui Huong Thi Phan

William Johann Schmonsees III Lynette Baroatsis Slovensky Holly Flake Sox Annette Teasdell Michael Roy Thigpen

Class of 1989 Jill Q. Byrum Lisa Suggs Cooke Paul Denisowski Michael Joseph Furlough Gene Dunbar Godbold William R. Haulbrook Raju Prasad Krishna Patricia Reidinger Martin Caroline Metosh-Dickey Thai Quoc Nguyen Amy Corderman Purdy Stephen Malone Roddey Connie Olson Scrivens Evan L. Smoak Jim Odell Stuckey II William Britton Watkins Betina Entzminger Yarnall

Class of 1990 Robert Lewis Baker Sharon Morris Barrs Glen Eric Beckner Kimberly Connelly Benjamin Karen H. Borkowski Tracey Hyatt Bosman John C. Brandon Mary Beth Clayton Busby William Michael Dickson Jr. Sandra Leahan Doar Mary E. Fant Brian Christopher Goode Radwan Saadallah Hallaba Steven Robert Jacobi Willis Vincent Jowers III Mary B. Lankford M. Brian Magargle Richard Allen McCombs II Mariana Rush Lowry Neil Marie-Louise A. Ramsdale Norman Daniel Sanders Laurie Harmon Waldon Melissa G. Wuthier Mary K. Boackle Zanin

Class of 1991 Mohamed Reda Ali Jr. Leslie Gallagher Brunelli Kelly K. Chappell David M. Cohn Jeremy Terrell Cothran Chandis B. Digby Lila A. Faulkner Matthew R. Ferrante

Margaret Anne Gaffney Kellye Padgett Hafner Amanda Wunder Harling Laura Willenborg Herrell Jeffrey Hunter Johnson David Andrew Knight Bernard Francis Masters III Lena Younts Meredith Eric Alfred Paine Reginald A. Riser William Thomas Scruggs III Courtney A. Shytle Laura Sremaniak Jeffrey David Watts

Class of 1992 David Roy Blough Susan Burdick Domke Kristine J. Kane Maeve Edel O’Connor Anh Huynh Phan George Postic Paul McKinley Richardson Jr. Jessica Christian Sessions David Eugene Slovensky Caroline McElveen Small Christopher Atkins Smith Anil Umesh Swami Rajeev Harish Swami Shane Eric Swanson John Gregory Talbot Shahin Vafai

Class of 1993 Allison Davis Aitchison Paul Kevin Beach Heidi Michele Brooks Jennifer Inez Campbell Julie Watson Friddell Samuel Christy Hogue Lisa Marie Jasper Timothy W. Jowers Eunjoo Julie Lee Kristin Dell Olsen Leslie H. Poinsette Deborah Annette Procopio Patrick Todd Quattlebaum James Broward Story Sanjay Muleshchandra Swami Summer Smith Taylor Brent Alan Thomas Melissa Suick Tromsness Christian Michael Turner Julie F. Wade Thomas R. Young Jr.

Class of 1994 Irene Yuek-Se Au Kelly S. Bobo Dana Lynn Caulder

Sabrina Virginia Dixon Terry Carlyle Dixon Noel Vaughan Eaton Kelly S. Elliott Sean Kelly Flynn Shannon Geoly Horn Susan Render Johnson Peter Barnaby Knight Brenda McDaniel Meyer Scott Goodlett Murray Brian K. Nunnally Rebecca Starr Smith

Class of 1995 Holly Palmer Beeson William M. Blitch Jr. Mary S. Boyd Joya Chakrabarti Tory Clark Darra Marie Coleman Brian A. Comer Daniel S. Dorsel Christopher Brent Faulkenberry Karla Fulmer Allison Hanna Sadia Obaid Khan Benjamin S. Martin Lisbeth Bosshart Merrill Christopher Muldrow Marie Lovelace Rasmussen Benjamin Boyce Reed Beth Salter Kimberly Berndt Simmons Ryan Patrick Sims Jonathan Skvoretz Jeffrey Allen Stephens Aline Bonno Sullivan Angela Miller Wilhite

Class of 1996 Anita Tremblay Baker Steven C. Burritt Peter Pei-Chi Chung Donald Shane Crankshaw Doris Lorraine Galloway Susan Frances Goodwin Geoffrey Miles Gordon Laura A. Hall Angela Hays James Joseph Hill III Wendy Timms Hudson Courtney Stroman Hutchins Laurie Johnson Sharon Elizabeth Lynn Robert Osmer Charles H. Thompson Jr. Jennifer Licia Wu

Class of 1997 Charles B. Ancheta Robert Foster Bradley V Amy Elizabeth Bragg Christine Hill Burrell Jessica N. Caspers Jennifer Elizabeth-Ann Denley Timur Engin Joshua R. Gray Jennifer Landry Casey Bonds Martin Molly Simpson Matthews Kelly Brian McClanahan Melanee Bianca Poston Caroline Keller Powell Darcie Shively Nathan Terracio Sharon Woods Webb Julie Hartley Wham

Class of 1998 Melissa Boehler Curtis Brown Jennifer C. Cartwright Grant Stephen Cauthen Kelley Vickery Davies Jennifer DeFee Elena Esther Ellison Elizabeth Endler Greg Ferrante Jason T. Hucks Scott Hultstrand Allison Laborde Timothy James (T.J.) Lyerly Lane McFadden Lauren Griswold McGinley Kai J. Musielak Allen Mitchell Tibshrany Stephen Todd Veldman Elizabeth Ann Chandler Wieber

Class of 1999 Charles Herbert Boulware III Jeanne Britton Jason Matthew Burns Kevin M. Cannon Jared A. Causey Gita Chakrabarti Kathleen Warthen Coffey Frankie E. Crain Sarah Crosby Creel Kimberly Coxe Elvington Amanda M. Esch Christine Danath Funk Amanda Galloway D. Marshall Kibbey Jr. Elizabeth H. Mack Amy Elizabeth McCormick

Philip Michael Mobley Megan Meece Mocko Emilie Greene Sommer Chappell Suber Wilson Allison Freeman Winter

Class of 2000 Mathew Clayton Burrack Emily Streyer Carlisle Vanetta Loraine Christ Ashley W. Donato Elizabeth Kathleen Elder Katherine Trexler Etheridge Brian Patrick Frushour Andrew Higginbotham Matthew Katz Wade S. Kolb III R. Ryan Lindsay Kenyon Russell Maree Evan Meadors Gwendolyn L. Pearson Kristin G. Pope Allyn H. Powell Ian S. Scharrer Holly Elizabeth Selvig Ashley Copeland Wiggins Polly Funk Wilson

Class of 2001 Anna McGowan Babel Shannon Sturkie Bennett Daniel Brown Britton David Timothy Bush Nilanjana Sengupta Caballero John H. Davis Gustaaf Gregoire de Ridder Woodward Holland Folsom IV Joann Elizabeth Johnston Sarah Jones Laake Keitha Marie McCall Monica Smoak McCutcheon Nicholas Winfield Miller Christopher Wrenn Porter Brett John Robillard Joshua Robert Rushman Sona Satish Shah Danielle Davis Soto Pamela Ann Markham Warren Patrick Warren Rachael Thomas Zweigoron

Class of 2002 Sonia Irene Adams* Laura Elizabeth Anderson Erika Lauren Burns Mary Elizabeth Cook Anne Zichterman DePriest Ronnie Wayne Edwards Jr. Brandon Kenneth Fornwalt

Jennifer Elizabeth Gagnon* Sarah Kelsey Hammond Hydrick Harden Jason Wallace Harmon Traci Jeanne Heincelman*† David Hugh Hill Julie Milligan Hughes* Norman Ernest Jones Jr.* Kevin Kirkley Shawn Robert Loew* Sara Ravold Mareno* Stephanie Paige Ogburn* Sharon Veloso Panelo Jennifer Sarah Pross* Betsy Lauren Rodgers Nathan Joseph Saunders Ripal Nitin Shah James Edward Southard Jr. Kyle Andrew Sox Maggie Claire Thomas Matthew Blake Williams Martha Janet Wright Michael Patrick Zini

Class of 2003 Eddie Mood Baker Jr. Meredith Brooke Barkley Rachel Moyle Beanland* Indrani Boyle Reshma B. Changappa* Heather Janney Cooper* Alexandra Deyneka Thomas Chiles Griffin III Patrick Lee Kelly* Ryan Russell Kirk Nathan Charles Koci Jill Noel Martin Abigail Lynn McKee* Grace Draffin Moore Suzanne Rae Pickard Lauren Elizabeth Ready Brooke Allison Spitzer* Denise Colleen Strickland Sheima Salam Sumer* Terra Thomas Varner* Jada Caroline Watkins* James Robert Whittingham* Estee Amber Williams Adam Thornton Wilson* Emma B. Wuertz Heather Hayes Zachary

Class of 2004 Brandon Wayne Bales* Sarah Renee Bayko* Jennifer Lynn Brady Lara Frances Bratcher* Christopher Martin Caver Meredith Elizabeth Dukes Julia Josephine Emery* Jo Mason Ervin*

Jana Ruth Haggard Devin Thomas Hanlon* Christanne McLaurin Hoffman Leigh Alexander Johnston Ashley Ann Jones Jennifer Lynne Kennedy* Justin Ryan Knight Lee Elena Mangiante Amanda Lea Marshall* Cailin Elisabeth McLaughlin* Britton White Newman Robert Joseph Oppermann Thomas Andrew Paterniti Lauren Elizabeth Propst Katie Spurrier Quertermous Joni M. Rabon Paula Bridget Randler Katherine Elizabeth Rawson Thomas Jake Rich Sarah Elana Ross* Melissa Nicole Snyder Eric Jokob Soong Thomas Evan Spackman* Joshua Michael Spurgeon* Joyce Elizabeth Stuckey* Molly Denham Walker

Class of 2005 Anita Ellen Autry Allyson Jane Bird Bethany Michelle Matheny Carlson Sallie Ruth Coleman Graham Wooten Culbertson* Hilary Kirsten Schramm Culbertson* Antonio Joaquim de Ridder Dean Jeremy Emmerton* Chandra Caitlyn Farris* Corey Owen Garriott Elizabeth Sutton Gosnell Sarah Refi Hind* Elizabeth Anne Howarth Ian Donald Kane Bethany Marie Kessell* Kathryne Lane Knight Jennifer Lauren Lake* Stephanie Ann Lareau* Priscilla Grace Larkin Sheena Kim Lazenby Sylvie Elise Lomer Katherine Mancuso Jamie Sue McIntyre* Kristen Alexandra Morella Ross Marshall Nesbit* Patrick Thomas Norton Nina M. Oxner* Marianne Parrish*


Photo Index

Alumni cont. Amy Louise Pasquet* Ryan Petty Jacque Banks Riley* Katherine Ann Rochelle* Daniel Andrews Sansbury* Anna Rebecca Stewart Sarah Tennant* Andrea Lynn Waddle* Ashley Heather West Matthew Bruce Wilkinson Brooks Dupler Willet* Jeremiah Gregory Wolfe*

Class of 2006

(Top to bottom) This year’s Homecoming was a Scholar Sweep! McNair Scholar Emily Berger was named queen, while Carolina Scholar Jackie Parnell was crowned king. Third-year Carolina Scholar Shannon Looney spent her fall semester in France, and her second semester in Mali, West Africa. Gerry Koons packs the back of her car with items donated during the McNair Scholars Association clothing drive in March.

Elizabeth Diane Bakanic* Chad Michael Baum* William Perry Bovender* Elizabeth Jane Bradbury* Alicia Dianne Buddin* Steven Delbert Byrd Michelle Disiree Casper* Allison M. ChampionWescott Richard Crapps Chapman Bonnie Louise Coggins* Kathleen Robin Curtin* Matthew Stephen DeAntonio Christopher James Dickson* Matthew Thomas Elder Aaron Benjamin Flaaen* Elizabeth Ann Fortnum Allison Hersey Garrett Amy Catherine Goddard* Nicholas Goodman Stacey Ann Ivol* Teresa Christine Karr Roger Joseph Keane II Craig Carruth Link Christopher Clark Mitchell* Zachary William Nichols Stephanie Ingrid Pappas* Rachel Marie Perkins Alexander Nygaard Pietras Brooke Elizabeth Russ Thomas James Greig Scott Corinne Elizabeth Sheridan Rachel Leigh Spence* Alexis Loring Stratton* Jessica Michelle Sullivan Sarah Marie Tennant* Katherine Leigh Thompson* Joseph Allen Turner Jr. Marissa Meredith Vawter* William Jefferson Vigen* Jason Benjamin Wheeler

Class of 2007 Alexander J. Dacara Alon Melanie Joanne Baker* Amanda Lee Bannister Tamera Marie Beam*


John Bedenbaugh Matthew Stuart Bell Jonathan Paul Bell Grace Ragna Blakely* Guy Charles Boudreaux Brittany Alexandra Cencula Chanda Livingston Cooper Susan Bailey Crook* Drew Charlotte Cutright* Rita Czako Amy Bostic Edwards* Radhika Engineer* Luay Hammami Anne Michelle Harvey Samantha Jayne Hayford Jacob Tyler Hunter Gregory Andrew Inabinet Abigail Lorraine Isaac* Elizabeth Hunt Jenkins* Michael Alan Kanwisher* Mary Kathryn Keane Jeffrey James Kent* Ira Matthew Klein* Mary Ellen Lohman* Hannah Dykes Markwardt Patrick Bragdon McCormick Michael Stephen McFadden Andrew William Montgomery* Kathryn Maureen Morris Megan Lucille Mueller* Marisa Ann Niparts* Sara Rives Saylor Sonam Ashish Shah Laura Corina Sima* Jesse Jet Sky Scott Daniel Spivey Jonathan Sheinkin Tomberg Jeremy Thomas Vanderknyff Callie Garrett Van Koughnett* Karen Renee Wigal*

Class of 2008 Jennifer Sue Autrey Fahmin Basher Dimitrios Sotirios Basilakos Elizabeth Ann Bell* Michael James Blew Catherine Whitt Bishop Katherine Stewart Bristow Matthew Thomas Brown* Christopher Joseph Butch* Chelsey Karns Crouch Corinne Kathleen D’Ippolito* Matthew Thomas Enright* Alexa Albrecht Erbach Lindsay Eris Flowers* Benjamin Fonville Garrett Kathleen Patrice Ginder

Bradley Thomas Hocking David Charles Johannesmeyer Ralph Hervey Lawson Deirdre Quinn Martin* Kathryn Kelly Miller Emily Margaret Mitchell* Mindy Lee Moore* Daniel Alan Noyes* Megan Hall Nunn* Elizabeth Anne Oleson* Shelley Lee Price Tyler Robbins Ray* Charles Edward Redmond Ellory Winona Schmucker Amanda Kay Seals* Stephen Graham Smith* Kathryn Patrice Stickle* Philip Andrew Stonecypher Tiffany Michelle Terrell* Christopher Alan Williams Daniel Owen Williams* Tina Zhang

Class of 2009 Sherah L. Aiken* Jordan E. Beckman Thomas J. Benning* Angela Lynn Bingham* Annie L. Boiter-Jolley Rachel Bowman* Austin C. Collie Joseph A. Dean Derek M. DeBruin Huley Dru Dickert Kaitlin C. Duffey* Dori Anne Enderle* Leah Miller German Robert S. Gillispie* Patrick L. Hankins Benjamin David Hankinson Jr. Travis N. Hardy* Jennifer Christine Huggins* Silvia Hunziker Amy Michelle Jackson* Mary Allison Joseph Heather K. Judd* Laura M. Lamb* Joseph Philip Mankovich * Kathryn Susan Mansfield Caitlin W. McLaren* John Wesley Merriman* Karly Marie Miller* Sarah J. Moran* Kathryn M. Mulligan Kathy Lei Niu Stephanie K. Paolini Yasmin Birju Patel Kayla Michelle Porter Dana Lynn Sanders*

Andrew James Schwark* Tina S. Shah Kellie M. Sharpe* Becca S. Tedesco* Will Hicks Thrower III* Sarah E. Vanderwood* Jessie B. Walters-McCarthy* Xin Wang John Lafitte Warren Zhu Wang Megan Kate Womack* Kevin Yeh

Class of 2010 Caleb Timothy Anderson* Alina Denise Arbuthnot* Audrey Caroline Ball* Rebecca Anne Bandy* Nora Bennani Michelle Lynn Budreau* Sydney Nicole Daigle Bruce Andrew Davis Mary Melody Dawson Lydia Faith DiSabatino* Kevin Michael Douglass Collin Brittain Eaker* Elizabeth Michelle Elliott Nyssa Fleming Fox Caitlyn M. Gallagher* Gurjeet Singh Guram Cynthia Joy Harbison* Michelle Leigh Harmon* Damian Joel Herring* Jennifer Christine Huggins* Katherine Melissa Jarriel Amanda Rene Lager Mary Christine Learner Katherine Marie Lewis Jennifer Therese Lias* Kyle Christopher Mallinak* Kerri Rae McCutcheon Kayla Brooke McGee Sydney Danielle Mitchell* Joseph Harold Montoya Samir Sudhir Panvelker Melanie Ann Pozdol* Elizabeth Ashley Robertson Michael David Roglitz* Jewel Ellen Sheehan* Emma Jean Smiley Melissa Robin Smith* Katie Jean Spicer* Jessica Mary Steele Ashley Susan Tjader* Megan Elizabeth Tone Sarah Elizabeth Tucker* Alexander Szu Han Wang James Louis Whelan Andrew William Zolides *denotes McNair Scholar °† awarded posthumously

A Alion, Tyler 56 Ammerlaan, Jennifer 3, 6 B Bain, Reggie 57 Berger, Emily 7, 60 Berkovich, Paulina 4 Bishop, Bryarly 57 Breckenridge, Duncan 3 Breckenridge, Miriam 3 Brown, Kerri 8 Bugos, Liana 9 C Callahan, Sarah 10 Cantwell, Jackie 57 Carandang, Kriska 3, 11 Carroll, Brooke 58 Carter, Mollie 11 D Dearden, Whitney 12 Desjardins, Tenley 13 Driver, Colton 14 Duncan, Belinda 3 Duncan, Caroline 3 Duncan Hottel, Anne Marie 3 E Espensen-Sturges, Tori 15 F Fowler, Lauren 16 Frank, Jill 56 G Glessman, Kylie 17 Graves, Laurie 3, 18 Guram, Mandev 19

H Hains, Daniel 57 Harding, Chirstine 20 Helms, Joanna 21 Herrin, Rachel 22 Hinojosa, Sara 23 K Kane, Colin 24 Kemp, Kyle 25 Kerr, Hali 57 Kess, Adam 58 Kirchhofer, Drew 26 Knight, Helen 27 Koons, Gerry 60 L Law, Sarah 56 Looney, Shannon 60 Lubchenco, Jane 57 M Manning, Jim 3, 28, 57 Marsh, Noel 4 Marsigliano, Kyra 5, 57 Matherly, Emily 29, 57 McNair, Bob 4 McNair, Janice 4 Meder, Ellen 30 Mesimer, Brian 3, 31 Mishra, Sanjib 56 Moore-Pastides, Patricia 4 Moore, Sara 58 Mozingo, Lauren 3, 32 Mueller, Marin 33 Musselman, Laura 58

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P Padget, Emily 56 Parnell, Jackie 60 Pastides, Harris 4 Peace, Carley 34 Perriguey, Andrea 35 Plock, Tegan 36 Poskevich, Savannah 3 R Reburn, Olivia 37 Rheinlander, Nicole 58 Riley, Nick 38, 58 Rolfe, Robert 39 Rose, Katie 58 S Salisbury, Alison 40 Saunders, Nathan 57 Sinclair, Liz 58 Snipes, Garrett 58 T Tae, Tara 41, 58 Talbert, Jim 57 Taylor, Devon 42 Thomas, Marissa 43 Timko, Stephen 5 Tracy, Alexandria (Alex) 3, 45 W Weeks, Erin 46 Whig, Shalika 47 Williams, Bradley 48 Y Yaghy, Walid 49

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True Scholar 2010-11  

True Scholar is a compendium of the personal stories of the Unitersity of South Carolina's Carolina Scholars and McNair Scholars.

True Scholar 2010-11  

True Scholar is a compendium of the personal stories of the Unitersity of South Carolina's Carolina Scholars and McNair Scholars.