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The Opportunity Scholars Program (Student Support Services) is one of the five TRIO Programs funded by the United States Department of Education.  The Opportunity Scholars Program (OSP) is designed to help first generation college students make the adjustment to college life. Whether you have recently graduated from high school or you have been out of school for a while and just returning, OSP can help you make a smooth transition. 

OSP helps motivate students to obtain a four-year degree (and beyond) from the colleges of their choice.  Through academic advisement and developmental support, the OSP staff will strive to provide students with a solid foundation on which to help them succeed in college.

What Does OSP Have to Offer?

  • Academic Advising
    Student schedules, courses, grades, etc. are closely monitored each semester. Individuals as well as group sessions are held with the students to assist in time management, study skills, and test-taking skills. 

  • Tutoring
    OSP offers students one-to-one, individualized tutoring. All tutoring is monitored by our specialists and academic progress is charted. 

  • Career Planning
    Assistance is provided to students in assessing their career plans and setting realistic goals. Faculty members are consulted concerning students' career choices and related course work. 

  • College Transfer Assistance
    Services to assist students in the transition to a 4-year university are provided. College visits are offered. 

  • Cultural Events
    OSP arranges on and off campus cultural events for each participant.

  • Financial Aid
    Assistance is provided to students in the completion of FAFSA, acquiring scholarships, grants, and other means.

How Do I Qualify?

Two thirds of the program participants must be first generation college students with financial and academic need. The remaining 1/3 may either be first generation OR have financial need OR be disabled.   Click here to print an OSP Application.


TRIO - A Federally Funded Program

OSP Offices are in the
TRIO Learning Resource Center located adjacent to
Medford Library
University of South Carolina Lancaster
Office Hours Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(803) 313-7125  •  Fax:  (803) 313-7145
cdallen@mailbox.sc.edu(

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