The Charleston Fellows Experience

A group of Honors students listen to author Geraldine Brooks discuss her writing process

The Charleston Fellows Program is more than just a scholarship.

In addition to generous financial support, Fellows participate in a leadership development program that allows them to tailor their experience to match their own unique goals and aspirations.

Professional Development Workshops

Each semester the program hosts nuanced tutorials that inspire professional and personal growth, with topics that include:

  • An insider's guide to interships
  • Mock etiquette reception
  • Mental health and stress relief
  • Applying to grad school
  • Adulting 101

Networking Events and Expert Connections

Fellows regularly have opportunities for intimate discussions with industry leaders and visionary thinkers. Recent guests include:

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks
  • Weaver and visual artist Jovencio de la Paz
  • Retired brigadier general Thomas Danielson
  • MUSC trauma surgeon Ashley Hink
  • Award-winning restauranteur Michael Shemtov ‘00
  • UN-affiliated migration expert Melissa Siegel '03
  • New York Times columnist and science writer Carl Zimmer
  • Metanoia COO Jamilla Harper ’04
  • Former Ambassador of Estonia to the United States Marina Kaljurand

Peer Mentorship and Leadership Opportunities

At the start of their first year, incoming Fellows are matched with a returning student who serves as a mentor for questions on academics, student life, and acclimating to Charleston. There's also a student-run executive board with student leaders who develop new program ideas and plan community-building events such as:

  • Pumkin painting
  • Oscars watch party
  • Charleston River Dogs game
  • Community art night
  • Charleston symphony orchestra visit

Research Showcase

Senior Charleston Fellows cap off their CofC Honors experience by presenting their highly impressive Bachelor's Essay research projects at a public ceremony.


Artist Jovencio de la Paz discusses their projects with a group of Honors students.   Members of the Charleston Fellows executive board pose in front of Randolph Hall   Jamilla Harper, Honors College alumna and COO of nonprofit Metanoia, offers career advice to Honors students.