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The USC Upstate Foundation and Hubbell Lighting are proud to announce Rachael Kalchbrenner, a senior marketing major,has been awarded the first Hubbell Scholars Award for 2013. Kalchbrenner was an intern for Hubbell Lighting this summer and received a $1,000 scholarship for fall 2013. She will continue her work with the company.

The new Hubbell Scholars Program complements the Business Internship Course, #499. This course is an experiential learning opportunity offered by the George Dean Johnson, Jr.  College of Business and Economics at USC Upstate. Its purpose is to supplement classroom instruction, link theory to practice, facilitate workplace understanding, and improve student employment opportunities following graduation.

The scholarships will provide financial support to an individual student during one summer session, as financial aid is not available during summer school.  Participation in this course will provide a supervised work experience in a business environment resulting in a meaningful outcome for the employing organization and the opportunity to apply course material in a real world project for the student. The employing organization selects the project/task for the student to complete during the academic session with approval from his/her instructor. 

To qualify to take course #499, a student must have earned a minimum of 36 credit hours in business and economics courses and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher; or a 2.5 GPA or higher on twelve or more hours for the previous semester.  Additionally, a student must have completed at least 54 semester hours. 

A final evaluation session at the end of the semester requires the student to present a short presentation of accomplishments during the internship.  This session is open to all Johnson College faculty, staff, students and representatives from the internship site and is typically scheduled on the Friday afternoon during the last full week of classes.  Attendance and presentation is mandatory before the final grade is assigned for the internship.

This partnership will allow for our students to earn academic credit during the internship period plus provide an added benefit to Hubbell Lighting as the company would be assisting the student toward their goal of graduation and building their professional resume.

For additional information, contact Bea Walters Smith, director of development and foundation scholarships, at 864.503.5235 or bwsmith@uscupstate.edu.

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