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Meet the Tepper Scholar Cohorts

The Nicole and David Tepper Scholars Program, launched July 2020, is changing students’ lives for the better in the University of South Carolina’s Department of Sport and Entertainment Management.

The Nicole and David Tepper Scholars Program recruits the best and brightest sport and entertainment management students and enriches their education opportunities, and ultimately their careers. Four incoming freshman are selected each year to be part of this prestigious scholarship and mentorship program.

2021–25 Cohort

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Jake Brown

Jake Brown comes to South Carolina from Groton, Massachusetts. Brown has a passion for sport management and dreams of a front office career with a team in the U.S. or Europe.

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Ambar Ferra

The San Juan, Puerto Rico native will be living on the mainland for the first time and coming to South Carolina from a very small all-girls school.  Her dream is to become a leader in the sports industry, while also opening the doors for more inclusion within it.

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Hannah Margeson

Competing as a DECA club member in high school helped Hannah Margeson step outside her comfort zone to focus her interest in sport and entertainment management. The Virginia native hopes to follow UofSC alumni she met during a visit to the Washington Capitals marketing offices.

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Kayla Simmons

Every day since the beginning of her junior year in high school, Simmons, a New Jersey native, started her morning by looking at Google images of the UofSC Columbia campus. She would then write a note and repeat aloud her mantra: “I will be a student at UofSC fall 2021.”

Read more about the 2021-25 Tepper Cohort here.


2020–24 Cohort

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Madelin Mclean

Madelin McLean is a person who never stops. In high school, the Maryland native competed in three sports and was a member of five clubs and four honor societies. She did it all while earning a 4.2 weighted core GPA and earning an Academic Scholar Recognition Award along with her admission to South Carolina.

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Jordan Mooring

First-generation student Jordan Mooring is also coming to South Carolina with a specific career goal in mind: to be an NFL agent. Mooring knows she will need to  stand out to succeed in a very competitive, and historically male-dominated field, but life has taught her to gain strength from challenges.

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Devon Watson

Devon Watson comes to South Carolina after graduating as valedictorian of his high school in McDonough, Georgia. Playing soccer all four years while maintaining that level of academic excellence required him to cultivate time management skills, and he also found a determination to raise the bar.

Read more about the 2020-24 Tepper Cohort here.

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