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College of Arts & Sciences
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

Application and Selection Process


1)  Students must be admitted to USC Columbia

2)  Students must show financial need** and complete a FAFSA Application.



Due Date: Friday, March 23, 2018. Notifications of awards will be made in the second week of April. Students should complete and submit all FAFSA documentation as soon as possibly and by February 1, 2018 to ensure priority consideration. Applications after April 1st will be considered pending availability of funds.

The application packet must include the following:

1)     A completed GeoScholar Application Form. PDF  DOC

2)     Unofficial electronic copy of High school/University Transcripts and test scores (either ACT or SAT).

3)     Electronic Resume (pdf and Word Documents accepted)

4)     A one page statement that includes why the scholarship is needed to achieve educational and career goals (pdf and Word Documents accepted)

5)     A letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor (Adobe or Word documents accepted).  This may be emailed separately with the applicant's name in the subject line.

Completed applications must be submitted electronically by email to the GeoScholar Coordinator:  All applications will receive confirmation of receipt.   



Students are selected using a combination of academic excellence (class ranking, science courses taken, etc.) and non-cognitive assessments (e.g., motivation, leadership experience and community service, self appraisal, etc.). Academic excellence focuses on academics in the latter part of a student’s high school or college curriculum. Letters of reference are critical and must attest to a student’s academic potential and commitment to learning.  Applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the geosciences, including students who are   African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latino, female, first generation college students, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. There is no age limit, and non-traditional and transfer students from two-year institutions are also encouraged to apply.


**Financial need is defined as the Cost of Attendance (COA) for USC - Columbia minus the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by a completed FASFA.