Nationally Competitive Scholarships Available

The Office for Nationally Competitive Awards has two scholarships available for students.

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

The Boren Scholars and Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in building a career in public service by applying their language skills, cultural knowledge and academic credentials.

Read more about both of these Scholarship opportunities below. Reach out to the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards for more information.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide that start between May 1, 2021, to April 30, 2022. This cycle encompasses Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Academic Year 2023-2024, and Spring 2023 programs.

Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $5,000. The Critical Need Language Award is competitive and offered to a limited number of Gilman scholars each year.

The application is now live and available online at: https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/  

Applications are due Tuesday, March 9th, 2023 at 11:59pm EST.

Questions or application help? Contact the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, nationalawards@cofc.edu.

Boren Scholars and Fellows from diverse fields of study immerse themselves in the cultures in world regions underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Boren Awards offer up to $25,000 per year. 

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is February 1st, 2023 at 5:00pm EST. 

Questions or application help? Contact the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, nationalawards@cofc.edu.

Program Director Internship for New Local Mental Health Nonprofit: Quest in Recovery

Quest in Recovery is offering a unique opportunity to work closely alongside a CofC alum for a nonprofit that offers community-led mental health and recovery resources for young adults and college students.

The Opportunity: This internship entails managing the Mentor Program; this involves overseeing all application information, creating intake surveys, internal communication, and helping organize events and fun get-togethers.

  • There is also the possibility to specialize in a role that also includes grant writing, community organizing, social media content creation, and community outreach to the existing hospital, school, and court programs in the Charleston Area.

Benefits: A great opportunity to learn about community organizing, running a nonprofit, and chance to create something new for the Charleston community that is deeply needed.

Great fit for: Public Health / Psychology / Religious Studies / Communications / Education / English

How to Apply: Email a resume, additional information on your career interests, and any questions about the opportunity to Luke Shirley (luke@questinrecovery.org).

Conservation Voters of South Carolina Internships

Conservation Voters of South Carolina Internships

The Conservation Voters of South Carolina has two internships available for Spring 2023: Government Relations Spring Internship & Policy Spring Internship. Read more about both internships below.

Government Relations Spring Internship

Scope of Position:  CVSC is seeking a Government Relations Intern for Spring 2023. In this position you will gain first-hand experience in government relations, environmental advocacy, and the legislative process.  

The successful candidate will assist Government Relations staff and contractors with legislative tracking and monitoring, policy-related  research, vote-tracking for our scorecard, and lobby days. This position will report directly to the Government Relations Director.

Location: This internship is based in Columbia with the option to work remotely or in the office.

Read more about the internship, responsibilities, and how to apply.

Policy Spring Internship

Scope of Position: CVSC is seeking a Policy Intern for Spring 2023. In this position you will gain first-hand experience in environmental policy research and advocacy at the legislative and regulatory level. 

The successful candidate will assist CVSC Project Managers with policy related research, regulatory research, developing communications and outreach materials, and project management.

Location: This internship is based in Charleston or Columbia with the option to work remotely.  

Read more about the internship, responsibilities, and how to apply.

These are great opportunities for students interested in the Environment or Public Policy

Gap-Year Fellowship: Project Horseshoe Farm

Gap-Year Fellowship: Project Horseshoe Farm

This upcoming year, Project Horseshoe Farm is offering its traditional Gap-Year Fellowship, which will begin in June of 2023 and finish in July of 2024 at the Greensboro, Perry County, and Pomona sites.

HSF Fellows make positive impacts in the community by working with patients and physicians in a “health partners” program, working with children through in-school and after school programs, and working with seniors and other vulnerable adults in community center programs and housing programs.

The application deadline for the 2023-24 gap-year Fellowship on February 12th, 2023. Students can find Project Horseshoe Farm, and the application, on Handshake or on their website.

 

Osgood Center for International Studies Opportunities

Osgood Center for International Studies Opportunities

The Osgood Center for International Studies has two opportunities available for students of all majors!

The International Studies Program is pleased to announce, together with the School of Languages, Cultures, & World Affairs that the application process for a great opportunity to learn more about global leadership and to engage in professional development in 2023 is now open.

The Osgood Center for International Studies in Washington DC has partnered with CofC to make it possible for a select number of students from the College to attend their Leadership Program in January 2023.

The Osgood Center for International Studies is also selecting candidates for a professional development program the Osgood Center is offering in the spring and summer.

The deadline for the Osgood Center Leadership Institute is November 21, 2022. The deadline for the professional development program is January 1, 2023.

You can also find the application links for both programs here:

Leadership Program – https://internationalstudies.cofc.edu/for-international-studies-students/osgood-center-for-international-studies.php

Professional Development Program – https://internationalstudies.cofc.edu/for-international-studies-students/osgood-center-for-international-studies-professional-development-program.php

Win $1000 in the Inaugural Civil Discourse Essay Contest

All students are invited to participate in the Inaugural Civil Discourse Essay Contest!

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences invites currently enrolled College of Charleston students to participate in the inaugural Civil Discourse Essay Contest. A committee of faculty judges will award $1,000 to the student who writes the winning essay.

Submitted essays must respond to the question, “What is civil discourse and why is it important in American society?”

Essays will be judged by the coherence of the argument, the quality of examples & evidence used, and the vividness of the writing. Interested students should submit a 750-word essay to hss@cofc.edu by Nov. 15, 2022.

To read more about this Essay Competition, check out this article on The College Today!

Faculty Lecture Series: Before Roe and Dobbs: The History of Abortion in South Carolina

Faculty Lecture Series: Before Roe and Dobbs: The History of Abortion in South Carolina

Join the Honors College and History Professor & Co-Director of the Women’s Health and Research Team, Cara Delay, for a discussion about the History of Abortion in South Carolina.

This is a great opportunity for any students interested in Reproductive Health.

This event will take place in Addlestone Library Room 227 on November 16th at 12:00pm.

All students are encouraged to attend this event. Lunch will be provided for students who complete this registration! Please reach out to Vincent Fraley with any questions!

SC Innovates Pitch Competition

Participate in the 3rd Annual SC Innovates Pitch Competition!

The SC Innovates Pitch Competition is an Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition containing multiple colleges and universities across the state of South Carolina.

Students may participate in teams of 1 to 4 students. Teams work together to create new venture models. There is over $10,000 available in cash prizes for winning teams.

Check out a description of the competition below:

Phase 1 Submission Deadline:  Pitch Deck + Pitch Video = due by 10/30/2022 (11:59pm ET)

  1. Students must fill out a simple official entry form and Email their completed slide deck to aburkemper@coker.edu before the deadline
  2. 5 Slide Pitch Deck
  • Slide 1:  Title Slide – venture name, team member names, contact info, and YouTube link
  • Slide 2:  Problem… What problem/pain point creates a promising business opportunity?
  • Slide 3:  Solution… How does your product/service offer a unique solution for people’s lives?
  • Slide 4:  Revenue Model… What are the different ways you will make money short- and long-term?
  • Slide 5:  Social and/or Environmental Impact… How do you plan to make a significant and positive difference? (17 Global Goals) (Intro to Social Entrepreneurship)

       Hint: Use a combination of bullet points and images to make your idea stand out (pitch deck examples)

  1. 90 Second Pitch Video
  • The pitch video is your opportunity to tell the story of your business idea and to stand out from other entries… there is no specific format for the video
  • A straightforward approach would be using a screen-sharing software (Screencastify or Zoom) to record yourself discussing the slides
  • Other approaches could involve iMovie, Powtoon, or other video editing programs, making an animated video or sketchbook, interviewing potential customers about your idea, etc.
  • Upload your video to YouTube.  Make sure viewing permissions are NOT set to private.  We suggest using the unlisted setting.  Include the YouTube link on the Title Slide.

Competition Detailstinyurl.com/scinnovates2022

  • Up to 15 semifinalists will advance to the Virtual Finale on Wednesday, 11/16/2022.
  • $10,000+ will be awarded for the best student ideas… all semifinalists guaranteed at least $100

Last year, out of the 15 Universities, the College of Charleston had 5 of the 15 semi-finalists and 3 overall winners: .

  • 3rd Place – Guestaurant | College of Charleston ($1,000)
  • 5th Place – DrinkSafe | College of Charleston ($750)
  • People’s Choice – FloodWatch | College of Charleston ($500)

For any additional information, please reach out to Professor Affonso or Dr. Wyman.