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The Honors College continues to grow and prosper, thanks to the support of the Honors community. With your help, we’re able to provide students with a personalized, collaborative education that allows them to develop into enterprising and engaged citizens. 

Give to what matters to you. Explore our funds below to find the best fit for your generosity. The Dean’s Excellence Fund supports our most critical needs, including cornerstones of the Honors experience like innovative courses, impactful mentoring, and student recruitment. Honors College Scholarships, like those administered through the Charleston Fellows Program, help us welcome Honors students who would not otherwise be able to attend CofC. And experiential funds like the Honors College Summer Enrichment Program and the TFB Leadership Program expose students to dynamic experiences and growth opportunities that will set them on the path to becoming transformative future leaders.

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Funds to Support

Support our Most Critical Needs

The Honors College Dean’s Excellence Fund is used to support new and exciting experiences for our community, including innovative courses, impactful mentoring, student recruitment, and faculty stipends. Dean’s Excellence Funds go to work immediately to meet the most critical needs and priorities and enable Honors to seize opportunities as they emerge. Gifts to this fund are the ultimate vote of confidence in everything for which the College of Charleston Honors College stands and everything it will become. Give to the Dean's Excellence Fund.

Support Honors College Scholarships

Robust scholarship offerings associated with the Charleston Fellows Program ensure that the Honors College can recruit, retain and nurture highly engaged, intelligent and diverse students from across the world. With a continued investment in merit scholarships and programming and enrichment activities for scholarship recipients, the Honors College will be able to heighten offerings, create more scholarship opportunities for deserving students, and elevate the College's national distinction and reputation. Give to the Charleston Fellows Program.

The Swanson Family Endowed Scholarship program is a merit award for select students in the Charleston Fellows Program. The Swanson scholarships are made possible by generous gifts from College of Charleston alumni Steve ’89 and Emily ’89 Swanson and other supporters that have been inspired by the generosity of the Swansons.  Swanson Scholars participate in a rigorous academic curriculum and a variety of summer enrichment programs, leadership courses, one-on-one faculty mentoring, public service activities in the United States or abroad, as well as research or business internship opportunities across the globe. Give to the Swanson Family Endowed Scholarship.

The John Newell Endowed Honors Scholarship was established in 2012 in tribute to founding Honors College Dean John Newell. A medieval European scholar, Dr. Newell joined the College’s history department in 1978 and also served as the dean of the Honors College from 2005 until his retirement in 2012. The Newell Scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit to select South Carolina students admitted to the Honors College. Special consideration is given to students interested in the study of a humanities discipline. Newell Scholars are also mebers of the Charleston Fellows Program. Give to the John Newell Endowed Honors Scholarship.

The R.I.S.E. Endowed Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Honors College students with demonstrated financial need. The scholarship fund was established in 2014 through a generous gift from Ben ‘02 and Sara ‘02 DeWolf. R.I.S.E. stands for Recognizing Intelligence, Strength, and Engagement, and students awarded this scholarship are expected to exhibit these qualities. R.I.S.E. scholars are also members of the Charleston Fellows Program. Give to the R.I.S.E. Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The Jill Conway Annual Scholarship Fund is awarded to current students in the Honors College who demonstrate engagement, personal growth, curiosity to explore new interests, and who are motivated to enhance their classroom experience. Jill Conway started her career at the College of Charleston in 1984. She joined the Honors College (formerly Honors Program) staff in 1996 as the Office Manager and retired in July 2017 as Assistant Director for Student Services. Jill was an integral part of the development of the Honors College Living-Learning Community. Thanks to Jill’s efforts, the Honors College experience extends beyond the classroom. Give to the Jill Conway Annual Scholarship.

Support Experiential Learning within the Honors College

The TFB Leadership Program was created to encourage and enable the professional and personal growth of students receiving merit scholarships from the Honors College. The program is named after former Dean of the Honors College Trisha Folds-Bennett, known by many students as "TFB," who helped establish the Honors College's top scholar program in 2008. The fund associated this program supports leadership and professional development workshops, seminars, and other activities that contribute to each student's preparation for a productive and impactful life. Give to the TFB Leadership Program.

Honors students accepted into the Honors College Summer Enrichment Program will explore their passions and dive deeper into intellectually engaging activities during the summer. Funding will support expenses related to essential experiential learning opportunities including study abroad, research, internships and community impact projects. While each student’s individual experience will make up the bulk of the summer, participation in specialized workshops will teach students how to maximize the benefits of their experience, supplement their professional preparation, and create a cohort of student scholars.


Thank you for your support! If you have questions or would like more information on giving opportunities, please contact Dean Elizabeth Meyer-Bernstein at