Trustee Fellowships

Trustee Fellowships are awarded to full-time graduate students who exhibit excellence in graduate study, research, and scholarship. Each program may nominate up to two students for these awards. If a program nominates two students for the same award, these nominees must be ranked. All nominees will be considered for any fellowship for which they qualify. Nominations must be made through the Graduate Director, who must submit all documents via GMS. Winners are announced at the Discover USC graduate student awards ceremony each April.

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2019 winners are:

Rhude M. Patterson Graduate Fellowship

  • J. Bri Ferguson, Geography
  • Calley Fisk, Sociology
  • Charles Coker Graduate Fellowship

  • Norman Shaheer, Business Administration
  • Patrick Flynn, Business Administration
  • C.C. Royal Graduate Fellowship

  • Christian Juillerat, Chemistry
  • George M. Reeves Graduate Fellowship

  • Mithun Sikder, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Dera D. Parkinson Graduate Fellowship

  • Alicia Lamarche, Mathematics

    Trustee Fellowships Available Each Year

    For female graduate students in the humanities and/or social sciences:

    • Rhude M. Patterson Graduate Fellowship (2 awards of $5,000 each)

    For graduate students pursuing either a master's or doctoral degree in business administration:

    • Charles Coker Graduate Fellowship (2 awards of $3,500 each)

    For all graduate students:

    • C.C. Royal Graduate Fellowship ($2,500)
    • George M. Reeves Graduate Fellowship ($750)
    • Dera D. Parkinson Graduate Fellowship ($750)



    Nomination Materials:

    • Nomination form, ranked signed by the graduate director
    • Letter of support from a graduate faculty sponsor
    • Statement on research and scholarship from the nominee (1 page)
    • CV or Resume
    • Nominee may include one sample publication (not to exceed 5 pages)

    2020 Nomination Deadline TBA (Spring 2020)


    About the Trustee Fellowships Donors

    Charles Coker was the Chairman of the Board of Sonoco Products. He received an Honorary Degree from USC during the December 2001 commencement exercises. He was also a founding member of the USC-Business Partnership Foundation within the Darla Moore School of Business.

    Dera Dry Parkinson was the first woman and sixth person to earn a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. She earned her degree in psychology. Dr. Parkinson was an educator, lecturer, author, parliamentarian, scholar and researcher. She taught history and psychology at Chicora College and Furman University. She was born in Albermarle, North Carolina and married to Dr. Burney Lynch, President emeritus of Mississippi State College for Women and former director of the Extension Division of the University of South Carolina.

    Rhude Meetze Patterson earned a master’s degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1952. The wife of William H. Patterson, USC's 24th president, Ms. Patterson served for three years as the curator of the University Collections where she was instrumental in cataloguing the Baruch Silver Collection and moving the university's permanent collections from the War Memorial Building to McKissick Museum. She also served as president of the Columbia Garden Club. This fellowship was first awarded in 1983 and grew out of Ms. Patterson’s concern that women were not receiving sufficient financial support for graduate studies.

    George M. Reeves graduated from the University of Paris with a D.U. in 1953. At the University of South Carolina, he was Director for the Lilly Teaching Fellows Program, Senior Assistant to the President, Dean of the Graduate School, and faculty emeriti in French and Classics. In addition to his active involvement in the College of Arts and Sciences, Reeves supported the South Carolina Archaeological Research Trust.

    CC Royal was a lumberman from Aiken, South Carolina. In 1950, he bought Kiawah Island. Over the next 24 years, Royal logged pine trees, built the causeway to Kaiwah, developed Eugenia Avenue and put in east-to-west logging roads, the precursors to today’s paved roads. In 1974, Royal sold the island to the Kuwait Investment Corporation for a large profit. Development of the island began in earnest.


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