USC Professional Education Scholarship Fund to Assist Individuals Affected by the Economy

Fri, 2010-07-16 09:12

Columbia, S.C. – July 16, 2010 - The University of South Carolina’s Continuing Education & Conferences Department is offering scholarships to those adversely impacted by the current economic environment. The University recognizes the key role professional education plays for individuals seeking employment in today’s job market. Professional Certificate programs quickly prepare and connect participants to jobs in the IT, legal, healthcare and sustainable technologies industries. To make these certificates more affordable, USC’s Professional Education Programs have established a scholarship fund for the South Carolina community.

“Many South Carolinians are currently out of work or underemployed because they have not been given an opportunity to improve their skills to match the marketplace. The University’s Professional Education Certificate Programs help participants develop those skills and become more marketable in as little as five days,” says Eric McGee, Director of Continuing and Professional Education. These certificates offer participants the opportunities to explore new and emerging professions or to enhance skills in their current field. USC currently offers professional certificates in five fields, including Website Design, Paralegal Studies, Sustainability, Grant Writing and Six Sigma. The scholarship fund will enable 20 candidates to pursue USC’s professional certification. Scholarships up to $500 will be awarded to offset tuition costs.

Rising utility costs and concerns about the environment have led to billions of dollars in federal, state and local energy efficiency and weatherization programs. Participants in USC’s Sustainability programs earn a nationally recognized certificate in one week with the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Energy Auditor certificate program. With BPI Certification, graduates are qualified to perform home energy audits - the foundation of this rapidly growing industry. 

Scholarship Guidelines:

  1. The scholarships are valid only for certificate programs offered by the University of South Carolina’s Professional Education Programs.
  2. Applicants must have explored and/or exhausted Workforce Investment Act funding options.
  3. Applicants must compose a letter stating how the program will assist their career search.
  4. Once awarded, the scholarship must be applied to classes that start before June 30, 2011.

To learn more about USC’s certificate programs and full application details, visit  


About USC Continuing Education and Conferences
The University of South Carolina’s Continuing Education and Conferences department offers several Professional Education and Personal Interest programs. These programs embrace the University’s mission of outreach and engagement, and offer the Carolina community the opportunity to benefit from the many great resources on and around campus. Professional Education Programs include practical skill development courses and comprehensive, life-changing certificates for professionals. Educational and personal interest courses are offered through the Carolina Classroom series. For more details and a complete list of programs, visit online at or call the office at 803-777-9444.