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Capstone Scholars Fellows

The Capstone Scholars Fellows initiative was created in 2008 to recognize students who have gone above and beyond in the Capstone Scholars Program by the end of their second year. Capstone Scholars Fellows are Capstone Scholars who are successful in the classroom, develop relationships with faculty and are engaged within the Capstone Scholars Program and broader University community.

Benefits to becoming a Capstone Fellow include:

  • Notation on college transcript of Fellow status (exclusive to Capstone)
  • Expanded professional network
  • Eligibility to apply for a Passport Travel Grant if you have not done so before
  • Eligibility to apply for a Magellan Apprentice Research Grant and/or a second grant
  • Eligibility to apply for the Experiential Education Grant to fund an internship
  • Capstone Scholars Fellows Honors Stoll at Graduation (available for purchase)
  • Gives you a head start on pursuing Graduation With Leadership Distinction through USC Connect

To be eligible to join the ranks of the Capstone Scholars Fellows, a student must:

  1. Excel in their studies by maintaining a 3.5 cumulative USC institutional GPA.
  2. Meet with their assigned Capstone Consultant each semester.
  3. Actively participate in one service event each semester.
  4. Select and pursue a personal challenge each semester.
  5. Complete UNIV 101, ENCP 101, ENCP 105, or BMEN 101 with a “B” or better.
  6. Be in good judicial standing with the University.
  7. Interact with diverse perspectives, potentially through a residential community, multicultural event, international event, or classroom experience.
  8. Engage with faculty at least once by utilizing the Out to Lunch program (not a Capstone staff member, or U101 instructor).
  9. Demonstrate involvement in the broader USC community by being an active member of a registered student organization.
  10. Be involved in the Capstone Scholars Program by attending one additional Capstone Scholars event per academic year, such as Hot Cookie Friday or Dinner with the Deans.
  11. Participate in one of the following high impact practices for at least a semester:
  12. Present your experience at the Capstone Scholars Colloquium the following Fall.

If a student misses a semester requirement deadline, they automatically become ineligible to become a Capstone Scholars Fellow.


Some suggestions for progressing towards becoming a Capstone Scholars Fellow:

  • You must be in good standing as a Capstone Scholar by the time of application in order to be considered.
  • Consider a time during which you were exposed to a culture, identity, or belief system that was different than your own. How did it affect you? How have you taken this experience and applied it to how you live your day-to-day life? For example, this might have occurred through your residential community, within a classroom, at a multicultural event, demonstration, experience while traveling, etc. (#7)
  • Make sure that you complete the follow-up survey from the Student Success Center after you have taken a professor out to lunch. (#8)
  • When you attend a Capstone Scholars Program event, always make sure to swipe your Carolina Card, or sign in, as this is how we will verify your attendance! (#10)