USC Sumter celebrates student success through Merit Pages


USC Sumter will showcase student achievements with Merit Pages, a social media and hometown news program that allows students to share academic and extracurricular successes with family and friends.


Participating students will receive online badges for achievements such as making the dean’s list, studying abroad, earning scholarships, graduating from USC Sumter and many more.


These badges allow students to highlight achievements and activities while creating an online professional profile that they can use for jobs, internships and references after graduation. Students can also share badges with their family and friends on social media or through email.



“Merit allows us to showcase our students and their accomplishments, both in and out of the classroom,” Misty Hatfield, director of Marketing and Public Relations, University Advancement, said. “This is a great opportunity for both our students and for USC Sumter.”


Below is an example of how USC Upsate is using Merit:

When a student is awarded a badge, he or she will receive an email with a link to a personal Merit page, which includes a badge and a description of the achievement. From there, students can customize their profile with a picture, personal description and personal badges to represent work experience, internships or club memberships.

Nearly 200 schools have adopted Merit across the country. Colleges such as Penn State, USC Upstate and USC Beaufort have implemented the service alongside USC Sumter, according to

Students who do not wish to participate in Merit Pages can do so by clicking on an “opt-out” link on the bottom of the email they receive.
The purpose of the program is to highlight student achievement and to increase awareness of the university in a medium popular with students. When possible, a student’s achievements are also sent to his or her hometown newspaper, a traditional public relations and marketing tactic.

“Hometown news programs have been around for decades and are still quite popular,” Hatfield said. “But with the demise of many small town newspapers and the rise of social media as a communication tool, I believe this program is an effective way to celebrate student achievement and to spread the word about USC Sumter.”

For more information about Merit Pages, please visit www.usc view the USC Sumter Merit page, please visit Questions about the Merit program, should be directed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  


How Does It Work?

What is a Badge?

How is Merit Important for Students?

How does Merit enhance the USC Sumter experience?

How can you claim your page?

How do students opt out?



How Does It Work?

Campus departments, clubs and organizations provide the Marketing and Public Relations Department with a brief article about the achievement or recognition, along with the name and/or a spreadsheet of students who earned the accomplishment. Marketing will create a personalized story about these students and their accomplishments and award a badge, which will publish on the student's profile on Merit. Stories also will be sent to each student's hometown newspaper for publication. Students and their parents may email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions and concerns.

What is a Badge?

A badge appears on the student's page for their recognition. For instance, a student who is named to the dean's list for four semesters will receive a badge on their page each time they receive the honor.


How is Merit Important for Students?

  • Merit helps people who make decisions about internships, grad school and jobs, find the good stuff about students. The site showcases student accomplishments with official college badges that show that they're authentic.

  • A Merit page creates a positive online identity for post-graduation success. Many companies research applicants online, and some have rejected applicants based on what they found there. A student's Merit page is a way for them to shine online.

  • Students who are featured are notified of the announcement through their USC Sumter email address and encouraged to share their accomplishments with family and friends through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. Parents also receive an email allowing them to share their student achievements with their own social media channels.

How Does Merit Enhance the USC Sumter Experience?

Merit pages show how USC Sumter prepares students for a career, and makes them valuable members of society and more attractive to employers. The profiles connect what students do in the classroom to the exceptional career-building opportunities students gain while on campus.


How Do You Claim Your Page?

  • Go to and search for your name.

  • Next to your name, find the option to claim your profile.

  • Enter your USC Sumter email address and submit the form. Merit will send you a confirmation email.

  • Claim your Merit page by clicking on the "connect with Facebook" button in the email you receive.

  • Follow the Facebook prompts for logging in and connecting to your Facebook account. By doing this, you've claimed your Merit page.


How Do Students Opt Out?

To opt out of the program, simply reply to the email you receive from Merit and ask to be removed. Or, email your request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You will be given instructions on how to opt out of future stories.


Frequently Asked Questions by Parents and Students

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USC Sumter's Merit Page





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