Winthrop University U.S. Dept. of Ed TRiO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement projects

Winthrop McNair Scholars offers a paid summer research internship ($2800), summer room & board, and faculty mentoring. McNair Scholars present their research at a national conference, and many have earned national awards for their presentations.

Additionally, Winthrop’s McNair program pays for students’ travel to conferences, graduate school fairs, graduate school test prep & fees, graduate school application fees, and more! 

Winthrop’s McNair Scholars produce award winning research and go on to succeed in highly competitive graduate programs. This past summer, Winthrop students earned 25% of all of the awards at the Winthrop conference, 62.5% of the 8 first place awards, and 83% of the first place awards for the 6 categories in which they competed.

McNair Scholars receive guidance throughout the graduate application and interview process as well as help finding funding for graduate study. More information about the program is available here!

Applications are accepted year-round, but the deadline for priority consideration this year is Oct. 17. Recommendations are due by Oct. 24.

Please check out our application page to see if you are eligible.

If you think you might be eligible, please complete this online survey.

Interested students may check out a Discussion Session to learn more!

    • Discussion Focus: Program Purpose and Eligibility
    • Discussion Focus: Application Questions


Are you interested in studying, thinking, and working globally?

Attend a Boren Awards info session on October 19 to learn how you can earn up to $25,000 in scholarship support for language development.

The Award: 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.

The benefits: Up to $25,000 in scholarships to fund undergraduate study abroad or graduate research and language study in world regions that are critical to U.S. interests and are underrepresented in typical study abroad programs.

Great fit for: Students studying a critical language (including Arabic, Mandarin, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian); those interested in building a career in public service by applying their language skills, cultural knowledge and academic credentials.

Learn more: Attend a Boren Awards Info Session and hear directly from a Boren representative about the opportunities and application process:

  • October 19, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (session one) & 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. (session two)
  • Both sessions will take place in Arnold Hall (JSC 100)

Goldwater Scholarship Applications are Now Open!

Applications for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship are open for submission!

The characteristics the Foundation seeks in a Goldwater Scholar include a strong commitment to a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering; effective display of intellectual intensity in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering; and potential for a significant future contribution to research in the student’s chosen field.

The timeline for the application is as follows:

  • Pre-application: October 28th, 2022, 5 PM EST
  • Internal: November 28th, 2022, 5 PM EST
  • National: January 27, 2023, 11:59 PM EST

For more information and to complete the pre-application, visit the Goldwater Scholarship website.

Interested students should also schedule an appointment with the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards at to learn more about the application process and selection criteria.

Webinar to learn more about the SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program

Learn more about the Department of Defense SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program with a free webinar.

The opportunity: The SMART scholarship offers STEM students who are currently pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. a full scholarship, internships, annual stipends, and guaranteed post-grad employment with the Department of Defense.

The benefits: The webinar will help interested students review eligibility requirements, program benefits, and gain tips and insight into the 2022 application.

  • The webinar takes place on Wednesday August 31, 2022, at 1 p.m. EST

Honors connection: Several Honors students have won this nationally-competitive scholarship in recent years.

Register for the webinar online here.

Applications for the Spring ’23 SC Washington Semester Program are now open

The South Carolina Washington Semester Program (WSP) gives students in universities and colleges across the state of South Carolina the opportunity to spend a semester working and taking classes in Washington D.C., gaining valuable experience while earning academic credit toward their degrees.

The opportunity: Live/Learn/Work. Students live in a historic Capital Hill neighborhood, explore the city through group excursions, all while taking 15 credit hours.

  • 9 credit hours are applied towards a full-time internship in congressional, executive, judicial or private sector offices, which can be applied towards your Honors Immersed requirement.

Great fit for: Many CofC Honors students have participated and thrived in this program over the years, with backgrounds ranging from political science to economics to international studies to public health. Participants get firsthand experience with the political process, obtaining skills that will help prepare them for careers in virtually any sphere.

Scholarships available: The program allocates support for students who demonstrate financial need and awards over $10,000 each year in scholarships.

  • Learn more: the Program will offer multiple virtual info sessions over the coming weeks. Sign up here.

How to apply: The application deadline is Sunday, September 18, followed by virtual interviews for finalists the following Sunday. Access the application instructions here.

URCA funding available to support student research and research presentations

The College’s office of Undergraduate Research and Activities (URCA) has multiple funding resources to help students planning to conduct or present research during the upcoming school year.

Upcoming deadline: The first round of applications for RPG (Research Presentation Grants) and MAYS (Major Academic Year Support) are due August 29.

How these funds help: RPG funds help with travel costs for those presenting research at a conference, while MAYS grants help to cover student research expenses for projects carried out during the academic year.

To apply: Visit the URCA website for grant descriptions, guidelines, and the application form.

Launchpad for Success (LP4S) offers leadership and career development for AALANA students

Launchpad for Success (LP4S) is a two-year career development program that emphasizes mentoring, financial literacy, professional/personal development and experiential learning.

Target Audience: Rooted in equity, Launchpad is designed to create meaningful career pathways for incoming freshmen and rising sophomores – especially those who identify as African American, Latino/a, Asian American and Native American (AALANA).

Program Benefits: Workshops focused on financial literacy, career development and leadership development; access to experiential learning opportunities (e.g. internships, on/off campus employment, research or study abroad); support on multiple fronts, including the Office of Institutional Diversity, academic advising and peer coaching

Join the Program: Incoming freshmen and rising sophomores can apply to participate in the program. Deadline is July 29.

Find Your Summer ’23 Internship with the help of the Career Center Internship Award

The Career Center’s Internship Award program provides students with professional guidance and financial assistance for summer 2023 internships.

How it works: Students are accepted into a cohort that will work together throughout the upcoming academic year. Students will participate in group workshops and receive personalized coaching, all designed to help prepare them to find (and succeed at) a summer ’23 internship in their field.

  • Monetary stipend: Students also receive a monetary stipend to use in support of their summer ’23 internship.
  • The goal of this award is to assist students with professional development while helping to eliminate potential financial barriers for those who otherwise may not be able to pursue an internship experience.

Who should apply: All rising sophomore and junior CofC students in any major seeking a for-credit or non-credit internship for summer ’23.

Applications for the 2022-23 award are open until August 1. Check out the Career Center for more details and the application link.