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Pillars for Carolina

Our Mission 

Pillars for Carolina is a student-led organization that creates a foundation of community and confidence through activities centered around leadership, service, and active citizenship to inspire first-year students to leave their mark at the University of South Carolina.
 

Our Vision 

To build a community of passionate people so that participants leave with a sense of belonging, confidence, and a jumpstart on their Gamecock experience.
 

Our Values

Community, Connection, Inclusion, Fun, and Self-Discovery.

Get a head start on making Carolina home.

When you participate in Pillars for Carolina, you'll enjoy an unforgettable week of leadership and traditions while making lifelong friends. Registration opens in the spring and remains open until the program has reached full capacity.

Students who participate in the Pillars for Carolina program, which was founded in 2011, start their first year feeling more confident about life in the classroom, with a greater knowledge of campus and gain new friendships with student mentors, faculty and staff members.

 

Registration Open Now!

Registration for 2022 Pillars for Carolina is open now! The registration cost for Pillars for Carolina is $300 and will cover all lodging, meals, activities, and programs during the week. If you are eligible for a need-based scholarship, please do not register at this time - instead, complete a scholarship application, linked on the right side of this page. A limited number of full and partial scholarships will be awarded on a financial-need basis. 

Register Here

 
Pillars Engage (July 19-22, 2022)

A four-day program where participants will learn about campus, the ins-and-outs of Columbia, and themselves. Learn about yourself, your values, and finding your place at Carolina. Key events of this program include leadership development activities, an Amazing Race, learning traditions of Carolina, and meeting new friends.

Pillars Serves (July 26-29, 2022)

A four-day program where participants will learn about the campus and local community through the lens of service. Learn about yourself, your values, and finding your place at Carolina. Key events of this program include leadership development activities, values exploration, meeting new friends, and service in the Columbia community.

Pillars Capstone Scholars (July 26-30, 2022)

A five-day experience which provides a unique opportunity for incoming Capstone Scholars to get extra support as they transition into the Carolina community. We embrace the Capstone Scholars Program's commitment to experiential learning and use it to help students develop self-awareness, enhance relationships, and set goals in preparation for the fall semester.

Through Pillars Capstone Scholars, you will also have the opportunity to: spend three nights living in a residence hall, explore campus, volunteer with a local nonprofit, familiarize yourself with Columbia, and make new friends. This is a blend of activities from the Pillars Serves and Pillars Engage weeks.

To participate in this Pillars option, you must be a Capstone Scholar. Admissions sends notifications to students about the Capstone Scholars community in March. If you're unsure about whether you are a Capstone Scholar, reach out to capstonescholars@sc.edu.

Participant Learning Outcomes 

  • Participants will develop a connection to the campus and community at Carolina
  • Participants will build meaningful relationships with first-year students and student mentors
  • Participants will reflect on personal values and identity
  • Participants will identify campus resources and opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • UofSC New Student Orientation and Pillars for Carolina are separate programs. While New Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students, Pillars is an extra way to meet fellow Gamecocks and spend time on campus before move-in day.
  •  No, Pillars is offered to all incoming first-year Gamecocks, as well as incoming transfer students.
  •  Yes.
  •  All food and sleeping accommodations during the 4 days of the program. Participants will also receive a t-shirt and a drawstring backpack.

**Registration fees go towards all space rentals and activities for participants during the program**

  •  Pillars Engage
    • Check-In is between 2-4pm
  • Pillars Serves / Capstone Scholars
    • Check-In is between 2-4pm
  • Participants will be staying in a residence hall on UofSC’s campus.
  •  Please list all dietary restrictions in your registration form, and we will accommodate as necessary. 
  •  Clothes for 4 days of activities in and around campus
    • Be mindful of the South Carolina summer heat. The average temperature in Columbia in July is 95 degrees.
  • Comfortable shoes to walk around in
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hat / Sunscreen / Sunglasses - protective sun wear 
  • Portable Chargers for your phones
  • Hygiene products 
  • Medications
  • Bedding for a twin XL size mattress
    Including sheets and a pillow
  • Spending money
    • Students will have the opportunity to shop around some off-campus locations
                       

After registration, you will receive an email with a full packing list. 

  • Yes, the link to apply for scholarships is located on our website. 
  • Additional involvement after participating in the Pillars for Carolina program can be counted towards enhancement activities in graduating with Leadership Distinction

Our Staff

Cody Markow

Cody Markow

he/him/his                         
Overall Director
Pillars Engage and Pillars Serves
Sophomore
Major: International Business and Marketing
Hometown: Fort Mill, SC

Jackson Snavely

Katie Slick

she/her/hers                         
Overall Director
Pillars Engage and Pillars Capstone Scholars
Junior
Major: Public Health
Hometown: Lexington, SC

 

Haley Kennedy

Caroline Porter  

she/her/hers                         
Director of Staff Development
Pillars Engage and Pillars Serves
Sophomore
Major: Public Health
Hometown: Orlando, FL

Kelsey Linkous

Jackson Torbet  

he/him/his                         
Director of Staff Development
Pillars Engage and Pillars Capstone Scholars
Junior
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Orlando, FL

Jared Mundie

Emily Prillaman

she/her/hers                         
Director of Operations and Curriculum
Pillars Engage and Pillars Serves
Sophomore
Major:
English, Secondary Education
Hometown:
Glenview, IL

Reece

Reece Collier

she/her/hers              
Director of Operations and Curriculum
Pillars Engage and Pillars Capstone Scholars
Sophomore
Major:
Public Health
Hometown:
Pleasant, SC

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L.E. Shirkey

she/her/hers
Director of Outreach and Marketing
Pillars Engage and Pillars Serves
Sophomore
Major:
Political Science and Psychology
Hometown:
Montville, NJ

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Leeanna Wong

she/her/hers
Director of Outreach and Marketing
Pillars Engage and Pillars Capstone Scholars
Sophomore
Major:
Business and Marketing
Hometown:
Florence, SC

 

Staff Advisors

Joshua Cauble 

Pillars for Carolina Advisor
Associate Director of Leadership and Student Organizations 
Leadership and Service Center
caublej@sc.edu
803-777-2811

Jackson Snavley

Pillars for Carolina Summer Intern
Leadership and Service Center
jsnavely@sc.edu 

Jessie McNevin

Pillars for Carolina Capstone Scholars Advisor
Lead Assistant Principal
Capstone Scholars Program
jmcnevin@mailbox.sc.edu
803-777-2076

 


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